Po­lice: Feud led to 2 deaths

men who fa­tally shot each other re­port­edly had fought over woman

Austin American-Statesman - - METRO &STATE - By Clau­dia Grisales

An on­go­ing dis­pute over a woman led to a fa­tal shootout Sun­day morn­ing in North Austin that left two men dead, po­lice said Tues­day.

To­mas Her­nan­dez Al­faro, 33, and Daniel Mer­cado Gar­cia, 25, fa­tally shot each other in a park­ing lot on North La­mar Boule­vard, north of U.S. 183, po­lice Cmdr. Julie O’Brien said Tues­day. The two ap­par­ently had been feud­ing in the weeks lead­ing up to the deadly en­counter, she said.

“This ap­pears to be a dis­pute be­tween these two in­di­vid­u­als that ended trag­i­cally,” O’Brien said.

Three weeks ago, O’Brien said, the men got into a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion in the park­ing lot of the Club Rodeo night­club at 7601 N. La­mar Blvd.

Five days later, at 3:15 a.m., Her­nan­dez Al­faro threat­ened Mer­cado Gar­cia in a park­ing lot close to where the week­end fa­tal shoot­ing took place and fired a sin­gle shot in

the air, O’Brien said.

Now, po­lice are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help in find­ing the weapon that Mer­cado Gar­cia used in the fa­tal shoot­ing.

Also, po­lice are ask­ing for any wit­nesses to the deadly al­ter­ca­tion to come for­ward.

They are es­pe­cially ask­ing for the oc­cu­pants of a 1990smodel black Ford Mus­tang con­vert­ible to con­tact po­lice at 477-3588 or Crime Stop­pers at 472-8477.

“In­di­vid­u­als in that car may have im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion for us,” O’Brien said.

On Sun­day, po­lice re­ceived mul­ti­ple calls about 3 a.m. of a dis­tur­bance with a gun in the park­ing lot at 8630 N. La­mar Blvd., O’Brien said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors think Mer­cado Gar­cia ap­proached Her­nan­dez Al­faro in the park­ing lot and be­gan fir­ing a gun, O’Brien said.

Her­nan­dez Al­faro, who also had a gun, re­turned fire, O’Brien said. Her­nan­dez Al­faro then tried to drive away but struck a fixed ob­ject, she said.

Of­fi­cers ar­rived to find Her­nan­dez Al­faro dead in his ve­hi­cle, O’Brien said.

Mer­cado Gar­cia was taken to Uni­ver­sity Med­i­cal Cen­ter Brack­en­ridge, where he was later pro­nounced dead, she said.

Be­fore Sun­day’s in­ci­dent, O’Brien said, po­lice were pre­par­ing ag­gra­vated as­sault charges against Her­nan­dez Al­faro in con­nec­tion with the June 27 case but said the vic­tim, Mer­cado Gar­cia, was not re­turn­ing their calls.

Daniel Mer­cado Gar­cia

To­mas Her­nan­dez Al­faro

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