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Suspect in Deadly Chick-fil-A Shooting in US Illegally, ICE Confirms

Authorities say the suspect in a deadly Texas shooting that killed two people inside a fast-food restaurant is in custody, and that he is in the United States illegally.

Oved Bernardo Mendoza Argueta, a 37-year-old citizen of El Salvador, is charged with capital murder of multiple persons after a shooting Wednesday at a Chick-fil-A in the 5300 block of North MacArthur Boulevard in Irving, police announced.

“We can confirm that the suspect was taken into custody early this morning,” a spokesperson for Irving Police Department told Fox News Digital on Thursday morning, adding that Mendoza Argueta has an “ICE hold,” with the warrant agency being Immigration and Naturalization Service Dallas/Fort Worth.

An ICE spokesperson confirmed to Fox News Digital that the agency’s Enforcement and Removal Operations in Dallas “lodged an immigration detainer with the Irving Police Department on Mendoza.”

Such detainers are for noncitizens accused of a crime and who have been apprehended by police.

The shooting happened around 3:40 p.m., according to an arrest warrant that identified one of the victims as Patricia Portillo.

The document states Mendoza Argueta is the spouse of a Chick-fil-A employee who was a witness and “identified the defendant with certainty.”

Police say the second victim’s name was redacted from the document due to next-of-kin notification needing to be made.

During the manhunt, police released a photograph of Mendoza Argueta alongside a picture of the 1997 Honda 4-door car he was last seen driving.

An official said they believed the shooting was “a targeted incident and that this was not a random act of violence.”

Television footage showed that screens had been placed in front of some of the windows at a Chick-fil-A restaurant, and several police cars were in the parking lot, which was blocked off.

READ 21 COMMENTS
  • Wyatt Earp says:

    That make about 10 people killed by illegal immigrants! That WE KNOW OF! Media will NOT TELL US THE TRUTH! Time for the people in TEXAS AND ARIZONA to start FIGHTING BACK AGAINST THESE INVASION CRIMINALS! MAYORKAS and DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS has already VOTED NOT TO CLOSE THE BORDER! It was ALL DEMOCRAT POLITICIANS WHO WANT TO KEEP AN OPEN BORDER! So you support that? Then that put BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS AS WELL AS THEIR! Go ahead try blaming Trump! He was NOT THE ONE SIGN OPEN UP FOR THESE CRIMINALS! Just think about it! EVERY COUNTRY HAS A PLACE TO WALK IN AND HAVE PAPERWORK CHECKING! But these illegal immigrants DID NOT CROSS THERE! BECAUSE MOST WERE RELEASE BY GOVERNMENT FROM PRISON! If they LEAVE THAT COUNTRY!

  • Zeus Papadopoulos says:

    OK ! Here is the scenario. Illegal Alien deliberately targeted an individual. In Florida we call that premeditated 1st degree murder (2 counts), injuring numerous American Citizens. This is officially an act of terrorism (yes, more than parent PTA protesters). This is in Texas. “Defendant? Guilty/Not Guilty? Good, guilty.” POS should receive a fair trial, followed by a first class public hanging. Of course, after initiate appeal (within 30 days), executed on day 31. All lawyers, judges, politicians that attempt to prevent this, should be charged with obstruction of justice and given severe punishments.

  • Phoenix says:

    100% of all crimes committed by illegals, could have been prevented.

  • Bobby says:

    We should send a Special Operations team to kill every member of his family, then kill this son of a bitch.

  • Quasimodo 2020 says:

    If you enter this country and commit a violent crime against a united states citizen you should be executed period. Convict then executed with in 24 hrs no living the rest of your life at tax payers expense.

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