1 sus­pect sought, 1 ar­rested in deadly Kansas bar shoot­ing

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — One of the two men ac­cused of open­ing fire in­side a Kansas bar, killing four peo­ple and wound­ing five oth­ers, was ar­rested while the other re­mained at large, po­lice said.

Javier Ala­torre, 23, and Hugo Vil­lanueva-Mo­rales, 29, were each charged with four counts of first-de­gree mur­der, po­lice in Kansas City, Kansas, said in an early Mon­day re­lease. Ala­torre was ar­rested on Sun­day in Kansas City, Mis­souri, but po­lice were still look­ing for Vil­lanue­vaMo­rales, who is con­sid­ered armed and dan­ger­ous. Bail for each was at $1 mil­lion.

Sur­veil­lance video shows Vil­lanueva-Mo­rales en­ter­ing the Tequila KC bar, where he got into an ar­gu­ment and was told to leave late Satur­day, po­lice spokesman Of­fi­cer Thomas To­ma­sic said. It wasn’t clear whether Ala­torre also was in the bar dur­ing the ar­gu­ment. Both men re­turned about two hours later and opened fire early Sun­day, To­ma­sic said. Po­lice wouldn’t re­lease the video of the shoot­ing.

Bar­tender Jose Valdez told The Kansas City Star that he had re­fused to serve one of the sus­pects be­cause the man had pre­vi­ously caused prob­lems at the bar. Valdez said the man threw a cup at him and left but re­turned later with an­other man shortly be­fore clos­ing time.

Around 40 peo­ple were in­side the small bar when gun­fire erupted, To­ma­sic said. The gun­shots sent peo­ple run­ning for the ex­its, with the in­jured leav­ing trails of blood as they fled. Two of the wounded were treated and re­leased and three oth­ers re­mained hos­pi­tal­ized in sta­ble con­di­tion, he said.

Valdez said he thought the build­ing was “go­ing to cave in” and that three of the peo­ple killed were reg­u­lars whose par­ents also fre­quented the bar.

“I don’t know what to make of it. A sad day for every­body who lost their lives and their fam­i­lies,” he said, chok­ing up. “How can you go into a place full of peo­ple and just start shoot­ing?”

Two of the dead were Mex­i­can ci­ti­zens, that coun­try’s for­eign re­la­tions sec­re­tary, Marcelo Ebrard, said Sun­day on Twit­ter. He did not iden­tify the two but said the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment would sup­port their fam­i­lies.

Ala­torre is jailed in Mis­souri af­ter he was ar­rested with­out in­ci­dent at a home that court records listed as his place of res­i­dence. Kansas City, Mis­souri, po­lice, the FBI, and the Bu­reau of Al­co­hol, To­bacco, Firearms and Ex­plo­sives as­sisted in the ar­rest, To­ma­sic said.

Ala­torre will have an ini­tial court ap­pear­ance in the com­ing days in Kansas, said Wyan­dotte County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice spokesman Jonathan Carter. Ala­torre doesn’t yet have an at­tor­ney. Carter said it’s too soon to de­ter­mine whether pros­e­cu­tors will con­sider the death penalty in the case.

Vil­lanueva-Mo­rales and Ala­torre each faced crim­i­nal charges in Mis­souri, and Ala­torre’s crim­i­nal record also in­cluded pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions, ac­cord­ing to on­line court records in Mis­souri and on­line De­part­ment of Correction­s records in Kansas.

Vil­lanueva-Mo­rales had a pend­ing third-de­gree as­sault charge in Mis­souri. A de­tec­tive wrote in the prob­a­ble cause state­ment that af­ter an uniden­ti­fied man was or­dered in Au­gust to leave a club “due to un­ruly be­hav­ior,” he re­turned with Vil­lanueva-Mo­rales, who started “yelling pro­fan­ity.” An off-duty sher­iff’s deputy who was work­ing in the area told Vil­lanue­vaMo­rales to leave.

The de­tec­tive wrote that Vil­lanueva-Mo­rales then told the deputy that he should “take off his badge” be­fore he “balled up his fist,” grabbed the deputy’s uni­form and ‘tar­geted his face with closed fist punches.” The de­tec­tive wrote that the deputy even­tu­ally was able to hand­cuff Vil­lanueva-Mo­rales af­ter a strug­gle that left both of the men blood­ied.

Ala­torre, mean­while, had past con­vic­tions for flee­ing or at­tempt­ing to elude law en­force­ment in Kansas and for driv­ing while in­tox­i­cated in Mis­souri. He also had pend­ing charges in Mis­souri for tam­per­ing with a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance and re­sist­ing or in­ter­fer­ing with ar­rest, de­ten­tion or stop.

TAMMY LJUNGBLAD/ THE KANSAS CITY STAR

Two men shot and killed four peo­ple in­side a bar in Kansas City, Kansas, early Sun­day morn­ing.

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