Kansas City Bar Shooting Leaves Four Dead

Two men entered the Tequila KC Bar, and shot nine people, killing four on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 1:30 a.m. CDT.

Nicholas Dymek and Nolan Reid

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The two suspects in the Tequila KC Bar shooting, Hugo Villanueva-Morales, and Javier Allatorre. Photo Credit: The Kansas City Police Department.

On Sunday, Oct. 6, Hugo Villanueva-Morales and Javier Alatorre (respectively in the image) entered the Tequila KC Bar with pistols and opened fire. They entered through the back door and shot nine people, killing four. According to the Kansas City Police Department, the five other victims are in stable condition and two have been released from the hospital. All are expected to survive.

The four killed were Alfredo Calderon, 29; Everado Meza, 29; Francisco Garcia Anaya, 34; and Martin Rodriguez-Gonzalez, 29. Although all of these men were Hispanic, it is believed that the crime was not racially motivated. At the time of the shooting, at least 40 people were inside the bar.

23-year-old Javier Alatorre was arrested Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, says the Kansas City Police Department. As of Friday, Oct. 11, police are still searching for 29-year-old Hugo Villanueva-Morales who is considered armed and dangerous. The Kansas City Police Department believes this attack was not random and was planned.

Alatorre’s bond is set at $1 million and is being charged with four counts of murder in the first degree.

“The shooting may have been a result of a disturbance earlier in the night” said Michael York, interim police chief in Kansas City. “Kansas City police officers responded to this disturbance at the Tequila KC Bar.”

Shay Celedon, a customer of the bar claimed that Francisco Garcia Anaya and his fiancee were at the bar during the shooting. Celedon was quoted by CNN saying: “I go home, go to bed, get woken up two hours later to learn that he’s deceased, and she held him ’till he took his last breath, and tried to bring him back and keep pressure on his gunshot wound. And it was just one fatal shot that took him from us.”

Many in their 20s to 60s were regular customers at the bar and described it as a welcoming place. According to Toni Maciel, a resident in Kansas City and a customer of Tequila KC Bar, many people in the community know the victims and the suspects. 

Both Alatorre and Morales faced previous criminal charges before the shooting. Morales has previously faced several charges of assault, including assault on a police officer and attempted robbery. Morales was set to appear in court in late Oct. regarding his third-degree-assault charge.

The FBI, Kansas City Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives assisted in the arrest of Alatorre.

“So far, we haven’t comprehended what happened, we thought it was a dream or a lie.”

Candles and pictures displayed for the four killed in the Tequila KC Bar shooting. Photo Credit: KHSB

On Sunday, Oct. 6, a candlelight vigil in the parking lot of Tequila KC Bar attracted over 200 people. Photos of the victims killed were displayed along with candles.

Celeste Trevino, who was in the bar at the time, hailed Meza as a hero. She claimed that he pushed her out of the way when the shooters opened fire. Trevino was quoted by CNN saying: “It’s unfortunate it happened here because this is the place to go,” she said. “Now when we hang out, it’s going to be kind of different, not the same vibe.”

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