On January 31, 2019, a shooting at a bar in Uvalde, Texas caused a stir in the small town. The shooting happened at the 8th Street Bar & Grill and left three dead and five injured in its wake.
Details of the Shooting
The incident occurred around 11:30 PM when two men began exchanging gunfire inside the bar. Local police were quickly on the scene, but by the time they got to the bar the shooters had already fled.
A total of eight people were injured in the shooting. Three of those people later died of their injuries: 27-year-old Martin Moralez, 35-year-old Luis Moralez, and 33-year-old Gustavo Gastelum.
Fortunately, the two suspected shooters were quickly apprehended. Police arrested 21-year-old Victor Valderaz and 18-year-old Jesus Valdez near the border of Uvalde and Zavala counties shortly afterward.
Both men have since been charged with three counts of capital murder each and have been transported to the Uvalde County jail.
Consequences of the Shooting
The shooting caused fear and panic throughout the community, as it quickly became apparent just how much damage the incident had caused. Grief counselors have been made available to those affected by the tragedy in the wake of the shooting.
Unfortunately, the shooting was far from an isolated incident in Uvalde. Gun violence in the small town has been steadily increasing and this shooting was the third in just two months.
What Can Be Done?
As a result of the incident, there has been a lot of discussion around what can be done to prevent more shootings and gun violence in Uvalde. Some of the solutions proposed include:
- Improving security and safety measures within bars and other establishments. By installing additional security cameras, providing more resources to staff members to identify suspicious behavior, and otherwise making establishments safer all-around, it is hoped that any future events like this can be avoided.
- Educating the public about the dangers of gun violence. By utilizing public service announcements, documentaries, and other resources to increase awareness around the dangers and consequences of gun violence, it is possible to reduce the number of shootings in the area.
- Enacting tougher gun control laws. People who should not have access to guns—those with a criminal record, past violent history, etc.—should have more stringent controls put in place to restrict their access to firearms.
By working together, we can make sure that nothing like the Uvalde shooting ever happens again. On Saturday, September 28th, two individuals were tragically shot and killed in Uvalde, Texas.
The incident occurred shortly after 6pm in a home in the 300 block of North Park Street. A man was pronounced dead at the scene and a woman was taken to the hospital where she later died. Two additional individuals were taken to San Antonio hospitals for treatment of their injuries.
The Uvalde Police Department responded to reports of shots fired and upon their arrival discovered the four victims. The incident is being investigated as a domestic disturbance and have preliminarily ruled out any involvement of a third party.
The investigation remains ongoing and the identities of the deceased are being withheld pending the notification of their families. The Uvalde Police Department has stated that they are devoting as many resources as necessary to investigate this tragic incident.
No further information is available at this time as the investigation is ongoing. The Uvalde Police Department requests that anyone with information pertaining to this incident contact them at 830-278-4111. The Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office is actively coordinating the investigation.
Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of the victims.