March 23, 2014

Arlington shooting victim was father, rap artist, says sister

Arlington police continued Sunday to search for a gunman who killed one man and wounded three other people early Sunday in a billiards club parking lot.

One man was shot to death early Sunday, his brother was wounded, and two other people were shot in the parking lot of an Arlington billiards club after a man opened fire at a group, Arlington police said.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victim as Ketron Nathan, 24, of Arlington, who died at an Arlington hospital.

Family members said Nathan’s brother, A’leke Rainwater, 20, of Arlington, was wounded in the gunfire and was at Medical Center of Arlington on Sunday afternoon. They said he was expected to be released.

Two other men also were shot and taken to the same Arlington hospital, but authorities said they did not believe their injuries were life-threatening. Authorities had not released their names Sunday evening.

Arlington police responded to a call about a shooting at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday in the 2700 block of Majesty Drive at Jumbo Pockets Sports Bar and Billiards in Arlington, just east of Texas 360.

Candice Rainwater, Nathan and A’leke’s sister, said Sunday that Nathan was a rap artist and was there with his brother to see if they could perform.

“They had left the club but started to go back in to see about their girlfriends when they were shot,” she said. “Another one of their friends also was hit.”

Employees had escorted a crowd of people out of the club after an altercation inside, police said. Witnesses reported seeing a man shooting at a group in the parking lot.

“The crowd dispersed, the shooting suspect fled and four people had injuries resulting from the shooting,” police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said Sunday in a news release.

One person was taken by private vehicle to Texas General Hospital in Grand Prairie and was later transferred to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, police said.

The other three men, including Nathan and A’leke Rainwater, were taken by ambulance to Medical Center of Arlington, Arlington police said. Nathan later died, authorities said.

He was the father of three sons and another baby is due, Candice Rainwater said Sunday.

Police said they had not determined whether the victims were specifically targeted or whether they or the suspect were involved in the altercation inside.

Detectives continued interviewing witnesses Sunday to get more information on the gunman and what may have prompted the shooting.

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