No arrests in Sunday's Whataburger shooting; men hospitalized

Gabriella Canales By Gabriella Canales

Feb. 12, 2018 at 10:27 p.m.
Updated Feb. 13, 2018 at 9:02 a.m.

A shooting happened early Sunday morning inside Whataburger, 3603 Houston Highway.

A shooting happened early Sunday morning inside Whataburger, 3603 Houston Highway.   Kathryn Cargo for The Victoria Advocate

The shooting that wounded two men at a Victoria Whataburger early Sunday morning remains under investigation by police.

No new information was available as of Monday, said Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department spokesman.

At 2:30 a.m. Sunday, Victoria Police Department officers responded to Whataburger, 3603 Houston Highway, where gunfire erupted during an altercation between Rudolfo Estrada, 35, and Lorenzo Banda, 33.

Both men each suffered at least two gunshot wounds and were taken to Victoria hospitals.

Banda was listed in critical condition Monday at University Hospital in San Antonio as of Monday, said Elizabeth Allen, spokeswoman for the San Antonio University Health System. He was transferred there from Citizens Medical Center.

Neither Citizens Medical Center nor the DeTar Healthcare System had record of treating Estrada.

Ariana Munoz, 27, of Victoria, who said she is a close family friend of Estrada, said he is still in a medically induced coma at a Victoria hospital after undergoing a five-hour surgery Sunday.

One of the bullets went through the left side of his intestine and shattered his tail bone, she said.

Estrada did not have a criminal record in Victoria County.

Banda has a record of traffic violations and bail jumping and failure to appear in Victoria County as well as a theft charge in Bee County.

No arrests have been made as of Monday, Brogger said.

Sarah Flores, spokeswoman for Whataburger's corporate office, provided a statement Monday evening from Whataburger Corporate Communications. Questions related to the incident should be directed to Victoria Police Department, according to the statement.

"The footage of an incident at one of our restaurants is disturbing to watch and very concerning to us," the statement read. "Our thoughts are with our customers and employees who witnessed this violent act. We're working closely with Victoria PD in their investigation."

Reporter Kathryn Cargo contributed to this report.



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