Four injured in Laurent Street bar shooting; neighbors fear violence
BY DIANNA WRAY AND SONNY LONG - DWRAY@VICAD.COM AND SLONG@VICAD.COM
Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 23, 2012 at 7:24 p.m.
Dragon Night Club shooting
Employees from Banner Finance Loan Company talk about the shootings and what the bar scene brings to the door of their workplace.
Four people were reported injured early Sunday morning in a shooting at the Dragon Night Club, 2505 N. Laurent St.
Residents near there are afraid the violence from the club will spill over into their neighborhood.
Three men, aged 25, 26 and 27, were injured. Information on the fourth was not available.
Victoria police continue to investigate the incident.
The names of victims and conditions, as well as information on the suspects are not being released while the investigation is ongoing, said Sgt. Eline Moya, police spokeswoman.
Two people were taken by ambulance to a local hospital and two were treated at the scene and released. None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, Moya said.
More information will be released when the investigation is completed, she said.
Shots rang out shortly after midnight.
Aurora Villarreal was in bed in the 2300 block of Levi Street when she heard the gunfire. The noise was so loud outside her bedroom window, she grabbed her children and pulled them to the floor, she said.
When Villarreal learned the shooting happened at the Dragon Night Club located one street over, she wasn't surprised, she said.
Villarreal has never been to the bar, but she said she knows of it by its rough reputation.
"It's not right for all of us to be living in fear with shootings going on in our neighborhood," she said.
Sylvia Sanchez lives right behind the bar. Living near the place where the shootings happened has her concerned, she said.
"They need to do something about this. We want a nice neighborhood where our kids and grandkids can come and see us, and we won't have to be worried," Sanchez said.
Villarreal nodded in agreement.
"We have kids running around over here. If they're going to fight, they need to keep the fights in their own home," Villarreal said.
Amy Garcia, an employee at Banner Finance, a loan company next door to the bar, said she wasn't surprised about the weekend violence.
When they come to work after the weekend, she said often a trail of beer bottles, broken glass and high-heeled shoes litter the parking lot.
"If there's a stabbing or something like that, it probably happened there," she said. "I don't like the bar being there. I wish it was gone."