Shooting at Baby's Birthday Party in Texas Leaves 4 Dead, 1 Injured

Ronnie Rodriguez Jr. was arrested Sunday.
San Patricio County Sheriff's Office

A baby's birthday party escalated into shootings that left four people dead and another seriously injured, authorities said.

The violence erupted over an argument between two families at a Texas home in Taft, outside Corpus Christie, the Department of Public Safety announced.

Ronnie Rodriguez Jr., 20, was arrested Sunday in connection with the shootings. He was charged with deadly conduct discharging a firearm after a shooting and was released on $50,000 bail, according to authorities.

His father, Ronnie Sr., is also being sought by law enforcement, officials said.

The shootings took place in the backyard of a home where a birthday party was being held for a 1-year-old, the department said.

The victims have been identified as Juan Espinoza Sr., 62, Juan Sandoval III, 20, Jeremy Sandoval, 22, and Nicky Sandoval, 25. Juan Espinoza Jr., 43, was listed in critical, but stable, condition at an area hospital, authorities said. 

The cause of the argument has not been revealed. 


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