Fight escalated into fatal shooting at Arlington pool hall, affidavit says

03/28/2014 1:51 PM

03/28/2014 1:52 PM

A fight between two women carrying pool sticks apparently escalated into a fatal shooting in a pool hall parking lot on Sunday.

Authorities arrested Alvin Clemente Bell Jr., 21, of Fort Worth, on Thursday. Bell is facing a murder charge and was being held in the Arlington jail on Friday, jail records show. The bond for Bell was set at $750,000, according to Arlington jail records.

Four men were shot during the incident, which took place outside Jumbo Pockets Sports and Billiards at 2701 Majesty Drive. One man died during the shooting and three others were wounded, police said. All of the injured were taken to Medical Center of Arlington for treatment, police said.

Ketron Nathan, 24, Arlington, was pronounced dead at Medical Center of Arlington about 2:40 a.m. Sunday from a gunshot wound to his chest, according to a news release from the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.

A man who identified himself as Nathan’s brother, Aleke Rainwater, 20, was shot in the left arm, police said. Rainwater’s injuries and the injuries of two other men shot during the parking lot melee did not appear to be life-threatening, police said.

A security guard at the pool hall said he saw one woman swing a pool stick at another woman and then several men began fighting inside the club, an arrest warrant affidavit said. The security guard and another employee pushed all the people who were fighting outside, according to the affidavit.

The security guard said he was standing at the front door of the pool hall when he saw one of the men who had been pushed outside reach into a purple car and take out a silver handgun, the affidavit said. Then, the security guard said he saw another man, later identified in a photo lineup as Bell, reach into the first man’s pants waistband and grab the gun and began shooting in Nathan’s direction, the affidavit said.

Rainwater told police that he saw several men arguing in the parking lot of the pool hall and that one of them was holding a gun, the affidavit said. Rainwater said he and Nathan were not involved in the parking lot argument and were going back inside the club because Rainwater’s girlfriend had remained inside, the affidavit said.

Rainwater also identified Bell in a photo line-up saying: “This is the guy that killed my brother,” the affidavit stated.

The brothers’ sister, Candice Rainwater, said Nathan was a rap artist and was at the venue with his brother to see if they could perform. He was the father of three sons and another baby is due, the sister said.

Bell is serving three years deferred adjudication probation on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon conviction in connection with another Arlington case, according to Tarrant County court records. Bell entered a plea bargain arrangement with the Tarrant County district attorney’s office after he was accused of threatening several people by brandishing a firearm in April, court records show.

Bell received the three-year probationary sentence in state District Judge Ruben Gonzalez’s court in August, court records showed. Police said they will not release Bell’s mugshot prior to completing additional photo line-ups.

This includes information from Star-Telegram archives.

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