Police: Feud led to 2 deaths
men who fatally shot each other reportedly had fought over woman
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