Daniel Mendoza

Daniel Mendoza

The investigation into a fatal Goliad shooting is still in its early stages, said the county’s sheriff Monday.

Daniel Mendoza, 18, has remained in jail since his arrest hours after a fatal shooting was reported about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, said Goliad County Sheriff Kirby Brumby.

He is charged with capital murder by terroristic threat and is being held in lieu of a $250,000 bond, jail officials said.

Mendoza is accused of killing Nathan Cortinas, 20, and injuring the mother of his child, Brianna Bexley, 18, with a revolver. Both Goliad parents and their infant son were inside a car parked outside a home near the intersection of South Mt. Auburn and West Franklin streets when the shooting occurred.

Immediately after the shooting, authorities issued a reverse-911 Code Red message to Goliad County residents reporting a description of the shooting suspect and asking recipients to report suspicious activity, Brumby said. Mendoza was located and arrested at a Goliad convenience store about 5 a.m. Friday after a Code Red tipster reported him there, he said.

Monday, Bexley was recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio with a single gunshot wound that left a .22-caliber bullet lodged between her vertebrae, said the woman’s grandmother, Alma Bexley.

The sheriff added it was still too soon to say whether additional arrests would follow.

Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached jwilcox@vicad.com or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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