A man who claimed to be a UFC fighter from California opened fire in the parking lot of Rebar, a bar in San Antonio, Texas, injuring eight people, according to police. The suspect was identified as Jenelius Crew.
The first reports of the shooting outside the Broadway Street bar came in at 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, according to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. Twelve hours later, San Antonio Police said all of the victims had survived, but no arrests had been made. You can watch the full video press conference here or later in this post. Read more about the suspect here.
Here’s what you need to know:
Rebar Bar Shooting Suspect Claimed He Was a UFC Fighter Before Opening Fire
A shooting suspect at Rebar, a San Antonio, Texas, bar, claimed that he was an Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter from California before opening fire, said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus during a press conference.
“At about 11:30 we got a call of shots being fired. Officers arrived on the scene and what they found was that eight people had been shot in the bar across the street,” McManus said.
A group of four to five people, including two men and two or three women, were together at a bar across the street from Rebar on Broadway Street. They tried to get into Rebar, but a bouncer turned them away, McManus said.
“They were not allowed to go in because they were inebriated,” he said. “One of the two males made a statement, ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m a UFC fighter from California.'”
He said they walked away, but the male walked to his car, took out a rifle and walked back across the street to the bar.
“He opened fire. He hit eight individuals. None of them are deceased. They are in stable condition. The most serious one was hit in the back,” he said.
A man and woman who were in the bar told KENS5 they ducked for cover, and police arrived quickly after the gunfire started.
“Inside the bar, we ducked for cover. We didn’t know what’s happening, you know,” the man said. “And the cops got called immediately.”
Although the gunman was outside the bar when he began shooting, Greg Bickerstaff, a representative of Rebar, told KSAT bullets were coming through the front door.
“The rounds went through the front door and struck some patrons that were inside the bar,” he said.
The victims include five males and three females, ranging in age from 23 to 41, he said. Two of them were grazed by bullets, and did not need to be transported to the hospital, McManus said. He said he did not yet know how many shots were fired.
“There were a lot of shots fired. Eight people hit,” he said.
“We’re still looking for the shooter,” he added.
McManus said police were canvassing the area and looking for any available surveillance footage. He said there were not many people in the parking lot where the shooting occurred.
The police chief said he did not think there was a risk to the public in the area.
“Those individuals fled. We are attempting to identify them. Right now, there is no risk for the area,” he said.
No arrests had been made at about 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Rebar Bar Set Up a GoFundMe for the Victims & Called for Justice
Rebar bar in San Antonio set up a fundraising page to support the San Antonio bar shooting victims. Eight people were shot at about 11:30 p.m. at the Broadway Street nightclub Friday, June 12, 2020. The victims range from 23 to 41. All of them were in stable condition Friday night, and two did not require hospitalization because they were grazed by bullets.
All of the victims survived overnight, San Antonio Police told KSAT Saturday morning. While police were still actively investigating, no arrests had yet been made.
“Our hearts go out to those victims injured and affected by this senseless act of rage,” Rebar wrote on its Facebook page. “It is hard to express the sadness we feel and pray they all make a full recovery. This rogue act should not go unpunished and the actors should face the full punishment of the law. We have set-up a go-fund-me page for the victims and their families. Your support will be greatly appreciated.”
A Witness Shot Video of Police Activity Immediately After the Shooting
One of the first official accounts of the shooting was from San Antonio Fire.
“San Antonio has a shooting with at least 8 hits in the 8100 block of Broadway,” San Antonio Fire wrote on its Twitter account. “Six patients being transported by EMS and 2 more pending transport.”
A man who said he was across the street from Rebar shot a video of the emergency vehicles rushing into the scene.
Rebar had live music Friday night with one of its frequent artists, DJ Ceejay, the bar wrote on its Facebook page Friday afternoon.
“DJ Ceejay spinning out the tunes tonight tonight at Rebar! Music starts at 10pm! — feeling pumped,” the page said.
The bar reopened Friday, May 22, following the coronavirus pandemic and was operating at 25 percent capacity, according to Rebar’s Facebook page.
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