A 44-year-old man from El Paso, Texas turned himself into San Antonio police after he was identified as the shooter who fired his gun into a crowd outside Pegasus nightclub in the early morning hours of October 8, injuring three people.
Jose Rincon Hernandez was arrested Tuesday afternoon. The San Antonio Express-News reports police recovered the weapon used in the shooting from a witness. Hernandez faces three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
“I didn’t do this. They have the wrong person,” Hernandez told reporters just before being transported to the Bexar County Central Magistrate’s office. “My brother-in-law did it.”
According to Police Chief William McManus, Hernandez, had been thrown out of the club around 12:30 a.m. but returned to a taco truck parked near the club. While in line Hernandez became angry at two men ahead of him who were taking a long time to order and used a racial slur to insult them.
A scuffle ensued and the three men were escorted off the premises by a security guard. Hernandez left and came back with a gun and fired it into the crowd near the taco truck. The victims, who suffered non-life threatening injuries, included two patrons and a Pegasus employee.
McManus told the media the shooting was not a hate crime. “It was not driven by anything other than being an angry patron who was removed from the club because he wasn’t wanted there anymore.”