A man fatally shot this month at an after-hours lounge told employees that the gang member accused in his slaying was carrying a gun, according to court documents.
Ernesto Vasquez was sitting near the front door of the Siin Lounge at 2104 Jacksboro Highway on Aug. 3 when he spotted the gun tucked in the waistband of Rick Samuel Soto as Soto and his girlfriend entered the club shortly before 4 a.m., according to an arrest warrant affidavit written by homicide Detective J. Cedillo.
Questioned by the club’s bouncer, Soto admitted having the gun and agreed to remove it from the club.
But as the couple was being escorted outside, Soto’s girlfriend began to argue with Vasquez and told Soto to “take care of that n-----,” the affidavit says.
Soto began arguing with Vasquez, pulled out the gun and shot at him.
Vasquez pulled out his own gun and returned fire, the affidavit says.
Vasquez was shot twice and died about an hour later in a hospital.
Soto and Vasquez are documented members of rival gangs, Cedillo said.
Now, three more suspects, who police say are fellow gang members of Soto, have been arrested in the case.
Andrew Perez Arrellano, 26; Ernest Andrew Garcia, 28; and Raymond Anthony Pena, 19, all of Fort Worth, were being held Monday in the Mansfield Jail on warrants accusing them of engaging in organized criminal activity/murder.
Bail is set at $100,000 for each, jail records say.
Soto, whom witnesses in the club identified as Vasquez’s shooter, was arrested Aug. 5 and remained in the Tarrant County Jail on Monday with bail set at $150,000. He is charged with engaging in organized crime/murder, a first-degree felony.
In the minutes after Vasquez’s shooting, the affidavit says, two other series of gunshots rang out — one inside the club, the other outside, as Soto and his girlfriend were driving away.
Two other men, ages 26 and 27, were wounded during the three shootings.
Cedillo said there are multiple witnesses to the shootings whom police have still been unable to contact. Anyone who saw the shootings or has information should contact the homicide detective at 817-392-4337.