Friday, June 24, 2005

First Report 2

Taco Land Shooting Leaves Owner Dead, 2 Others Injured

POSTED: 7:54 am CDT June 24, 2005
UPDATED: 8:00 am CDT June 24, 2005

SAN ANTONIO -- The owner of Taco Land, a San Antonio bar, was killed and two other people were critically injured in a shooting early Friday morning at the bar.

Ramiro Ayala, 72, identified as the bar’s owner, died at Brooke Army Medical Center.

A 40-year-old woman and a 54-year-old man also suffered gunshot wounds. They were both listed in critical condition Friday morning at University Hospital.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. at Taco Land, in the 100 block of West Grayson.

San Antonio Police Department Sgt. Matthew Podwika said that police believe the shooting occurred after two men tried to rob the bar.

“From what I understand, they were already in the bar and they walked up to the counter. At that point, they possibly tried to rob it. We don't know exactly what was said between the owner and the suspects,” Podwika said.

Podwika said the two men fled the scene, possibly driving a silver Cadillac.

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