A 19-year-old man was arrested in Dallas after police say he accidentally shot dead his girlfriend and injured another woman during a violent fight with another man outside a nightclub.
Police responded to the Tiger Cabaret Club located in the 9000 block of ERL Thornton Freeway in Dallas at around 3.50am Sunday after getting reports of shots fired.
Officers who arrived on the scene discovered 18-year-old Natalie Tavares, a mother-of-one, lying mortally wounded next to a car. She was rushed to a hospital but later died from her injuries.
The person responsible for firing the deadly shots was later identified by police as Tavares’ 19-year-old boyfriend, Saucedo.
Saucedo reportedly got into a dispute with another man inside the club, which later spilled into the parking lot and resulted in the 19-year-old grabbing a handgun and opening fire.
But the shots missed Saucedo’s intended target, and instead struck his girlfriend and a second female victim, who was later hospitalised with non-life-threatening injures.
Saucedo remained at the scene and was arrested by police on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
Tavares and her boyfriend, Saucedo, have a toddler son together. She is also survived by her parents and a sister.
According to witness accounts, the incident began unfolding inside the nightclub when Saucedo and the other male patron got into a fight, reported the station CBS DFW.
Saucedo then left, went to get his car and pulled up to the front of the establishment.
Tavares was standing by the driver’s side of the car talking to Saucedo when the man from the club came up to the 19-year-old and punched him, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Dallas Morning News.
That is when, police say, Saucedo grabbed his gun and opened fire, fatally shooting his girlfriend multiple times.
Saucedo then allegedly ran after the man believed to be his intended target and continued firing away.
Tavares was later transported to Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, where she was pronounced dead.
Saucedo reportedly confessed to the shooting when questioned by police. He is being held in jail on $1million bail.