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Oklahoma Man Fatally Shoots Girlfriend After Argument In Texas Roadhouse Parking Lot, Police Say

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Source: Texas Dept. of Public Safety; UNSPLASH

May 2 2022, Published 3:02 p.m. ET

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An Oklahoma man is under arrest in connection to the shooting death of his girlfriend following an argument outside a restaurant in Texas.

Around 8:30 p.m. on April 30, Mario Alberto Rodriquez, 30, allegedly shot Marisela Mendoza, 23, multiple times outside Texas Roadhouse in Amarillo before fleeing the scene in a Dodge Charger, police said, KVII-TV reported.

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Eyewitness Cathlina King told the station she was sitting near a window inside the establishment with her children when the shooting occurred nearby.

“It was so loud in there, we did not [hear it], but we saw it right after it happened,” King said. “It was scary at first because a bullet could have easily come through a window.”

The victim was rushed to an area hospital, where she passed away from her injuries, and authorities issued an AMBER Alert for two girls who they believed were abducted — Adalynn Rodriquez, 5, and 8-year-old Ariaen Rodriquez.

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Police canceled the alert after they took Alberto Rodriguez into custody hours after the incident and charged him with Mendoza’s murder, police said.

parking lot shooting
Source: Texas Dept. of Public Safety; UNSPLASH
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