- Omar Montano, 28, has an arrest warrant for having started a shootout.
- Montano and his brother were arguing with other men and the now fugitive drew a pistol and opened fire.
- During the skirmish at the norteña music bar, Juan Montano was wounded by a bullet.
Omar Montano has an arrest warrant in Texas as allegedly responsible for opening fire in a bar. Agents of the Major Assault Division of the Houston Police Department (HPD) need the help of the Hispanic community to be able to stop the fugitive who is considered dangerous and armed.
During the skirmish for which they accuse Omar Montano, his brother Juan Montano was also injured and he is still recovering from his gunshot wounds in a Houston hospital in Texas. HPD did not elaborate on whether Juan Montano could face charges after doctors release him and he is allowed to leave the hospital.
Omar Montano is accused of setting up a shooting in a bar
The legal documents of the case against Omar Montano, 28, C are consigned before Judge Chuck Silverman of the Harris County Criminal District Court 183 and in which details of the gun battle are given, which began as a fight between four men in a norteño music bar.
Last Monday, August 2, 2021 at 12:05 in the morning, just after midnight, Omar Montano and his brother Juan Montano were as parishioners in the Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar, 101 East Little York Road, in the populous Hispanic Northside neighborhood in the northern Houston metropolitan area.
The night of revelry that almost ended in shooting tragedy
During one point of his night out, Omar Montano got up from his table to go to the bathroom and left his brother Juan Montano behind at the table. While his brother had gone to the bathroom, Juan Montano got into an argument with two other clients of the Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar. The reason for the argument is not known to the authorities.
Juan Montano and the other two men raised the discussion to shouts and insults until suddenly the three men began to throw their fists at each other in front of the rest of the clientele. Just when the fight had just started, Omar Montano came back from the bathroom who, seeing his brother beaten up, joined the rebambaramba.
Juan Montano starts the fight inside the norteña music bar and ends in a shooting
The fight between Omar Montano and his brother Juan Montano, 32, against the other two men escalated to such an extent that the staff of the Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar had to take the four rowdy ones to the parking lot so they wouldn’t hurt to the rest of the attendees at the place.
When Omar Montano and his brother Juan Montano were outside the Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar they did not stop their fight and kept challenging the other two men who made them second. The fight between the four continued in the parking lot. However, until that moment no one had drawn a weapon.
Omar Montano pulls out a pistol to intimidate his rivals
At one point during the fight, Omar Montano, according to the investigation of the agents of the HPD Major Assault Division, pulled out a pistol and began firing at his rivals. However, one of his opponents was not intimidated despite the weapon and jumped on Omar Montano.
Meanwhile Juan Montano continued to beat himself against the other man. At one point, Omar Montano’s rival managed to knock him to the ground and both began to struggle for the pistol. During the struggle between the two opponents to see who was left with the weapon, a shot was released.
A bullet hits Juan Montano in the abdomen in the shooting
The bullet from the pistol carried by Omar Montano hit his brother Juan Montano in the abdomen, who was wounded at the scene. When Juan Montano collapsed and bleeding, before the eyes of his brother Omar Montano, the other two men in the fight ran out of the place and escaped in a car.
In the distance, the sirens of the first HPD patrols were already being heard responding to an emergency call that alerted them of the violent fight between four Hispanics in the Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar. However, when the police officers arrived at the scene Omar Montano and Juan Montano had already escaped.
A man wounded by a gunshot arrives at the emergency room
While the first HPD patrols are investigating the case outside the Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar, an injured man, shot in the abdomen, arrived at the emergency room of a nearby hospital and crying out for doctors to save his life in surgery. . The investigation does not detail which hospital the wounded man arrived at.
The doctors who treated the man when questioning him about how he got to the emergency room, despite his injuries, only said that someone in a private car had taken him. That man was identified as Juan Montano. Authorities do not know if it was his own brother Omar Montano who took him to the hospital.
Where is Omar Montano hiding?
So far, agents from the HPD Major Assault Division have not identified the other two men who fought with Omar Montano and Juan Montano at the Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar. The agents are already recovering video images from the cameras of security, inside and outside the bar, to be able to identify them.
The agents of the HPD Major Assault Division ask the Hispanic community that if anyone has reliable information about the whereabouts of Omar Montano, contact his office at 713.308.8800 or the non-profit organization Houston Crime Stoppers at 713.222.8477. All tracks will be kept anonymous.
Concerned neighbors call for more police officers after shooting at norteña music bar
According to the information of the agents of the HPD Major Assault Division, the fugitive Omar Montano has a criminal record in Harris County, where the city of Houston is located. However, detectives did not detail what crimes Omar Montano was previously arrested for.
Oralia Vargas, 39, is a Norhside neighbor who lives with her two children and her husband in an apartment complex on East Little York Road one block from Puro Norte Botanero Sports Bar. The woman, a Mexican immigrant , asks for more police presence in the area as he says that the fights outside the bar are constant.
Omar Montano and violence with firearms
“The truth is that these bullets are not something that has only happened once and now … the police have to see that place more often because the fights and clashes with people leaving drunk from there are followed. One fears for her family, my husband goes out very late to work, one only wants to live in peace, ”says Oralia Vargas, who asks for more patrols on the Northside.
The shooting that Omar Montano starred in is one more link in the violence with firearms. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence, which fights to raise awareness about the dangers of the free sale of firearms, reports that so far this year 27,671 people have died.
In Texas the carrying of weapons will no longer have restrictions
As of Sunday, August 15, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 12,689 were murdered and 14,982 committed suicide. 25,498 were injured. The country has already experienced 432 mass shootings in the first half of the year, in which at least four people died in the same event.
Particularly in Texas, gun violence could worsen as of next Wednesday, September 1, 2021, as Governor Greg Abbott passed a law that allows the purchase of guns in the state and the free and visible carrying without restrictions. .
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