A man was shot in the head after a fight broke out just outside the AT&T Stadium, following the New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys game. The suspect was also injured while trying to flee and has been taken into custody. Witnesses say that the crowd egged the suspect on, shouting “Kill him!”
Here’s what you need to know.
1. The Victim Was Shot in the Head and Flown to an Area Hospital
The victim, a male in his 40s, was shot in the head and flown to Harris Methodist Hospital in Forth Worth, where he was alive but in critical, life-threatening condition, Fox 4 News and The Dallas Morning News reported. Other media sources are saying the victim was in his 50s. His name has not yet been released.
2. Some People in the Crowd Yelled “Kill Him!”
The shooting occurred after two men got in a fight outside the stadium. Officials aren’t sure yet if the victims knew each other, but said that they might have been tailgating, according to The Dallas Morning News. An eye witness said that the crowd egged on the shooter, even telling him to kill the victim, the Star-Telegram reported.
Another witness said that he didn’t think the shooter was actually going to pull the trigger. The police are saying that at this point, they’re not sure what led to the fight and they’re going to be interviewing a lot of people, the Star-Telegram reported.
3. The Suspect Is in Custody
The shooting suspect, 28-year old Marvin Rodriguez, was injured while tripping over a retaining wall. Arlington police kept him under guard after taking him to an area hospital with a leg injury. Rodriguez was later booked into jail and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. According to police records, he has been given a $200,000 bail.
4. The Shooting Occurred in Lot 10 Outside the Stadium
The fight and shooting occurred in parking lot 10 outside of the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This is near North Collins Street and East Randol Mill Road. Alcohol might have been a factor in the shooting, CBS News reported.
Some witnesses said that the fight started just between two guys, and then more jumped in and it turned into a huge brawl, Salon.com reported. The witness said one of his friends tried to pull a girl out from the brawl and someone pulled out a gun and aimed it at his friend’s head. He let his friend go, but when they turned around to leave, they heard gunshots in the crowd.
5. The Shooting Happened After the Game Ended
The New England Patriots vs. Dallas Cowboys game was over when the shooting happened around 8:20 p.m., The Dallas Morning News reported. The Cowboys had just been defeated by the Patriots. This area has a huge crowd, due to both the football and baseball games tonight.