More arrests possible in Rolling Oaks Mall shooting, police say

2 men in custody, being held on capital murder charge

By Katrina Webber - Crime Fighters Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - More arrests might be made in connection with a robbery and fatal shooting at Rolling Oaks Mall, San Antonio police said Monday.

Jason Prieto, 34, was taken into custody. Police believe Prieto ran away after the incident, which was reported around 3:30 p.m. Sunday near Loop 1604 and Nacogdoches Road.

"Calls came in the area of Copper Gate and Loop 1604 for a vehicle that had wrecked out at that location," said police spokesman Officer Douglas Greene.

Greene said officers in Converse tracked down Prieto, who they believe was driving the car. Greene said Converse police were aware of the search in San Antonio and turned Prieto over to San Antonio police.

Although police are trying to determine if more people were involved, they arrested Prieto and another man. Prieto was charged with capital murder.

The other man, whose name hasn't been released yet, is being treated at a hospital for a gunshot wound. As of Monday morning, he remained in critical condition, police said.

Police said the suspects robbed a Kay Jewelers, and then shot and killed Jonathan Murphy, 42, a good Samaritan who tried to intervene. 

A second man who intervened after the robbery had a gun of his own and shot the unnamed suspect, police said.

Police said two other people in the mall were hit by gunfire and suffered non-life-threatening wounds.

By Monday morning, relatives and friends of Murphy had taken to social media with words of praise for him.

His wife, Aimee, shared a Facebook post with KSAT 12 News. She called her husband as loving, loyal, brave and said he died protecting her and others in a "senseless robbery."

A family friend set up a page on GoFundMe.com, asking for prayers and donations for Murphy's relatives. He stated that Murphy and his wife were at the mall getting their wedding rings cleaned when he was killed.

Police would not elaborate on how many other people might have been involved in the crime. Prieto and the other man in custody face capital murder charges so far.

"It's capital murder because we believe these two individuals allegedly went to this location to commit a robbery," Greene said. "In the course of committing the robbery, an individual lost his life."

Both suspects are being held on bonds totaling more than $1 million.

Copyright 2017 by KSAT - All rights reserved.