Mexico City, Mexico — The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that two of the four people shot to death in the latest mass U.S. shooting were Mexican nationals.
The confirmation came Sunday from Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard after four people were killed and five injured in an early morning bar shooting in Kansas City, Kansas.
The mass shooting occurred at 1:27 a.m. Sunday at Tequila KC in the city’s center where bar witnesses say two people entered the establishment and opened fire. The call of the shooting was relayed to Emergency 911.
Tequila KC bartender Jose Valdez said earlier that night, he refused to serve a man that had caused problems in the bar months before. The man became angry and threw a glass at him before leaving. A few hours later, that man came back and entered through the back door with another man and pistols, he said.
“When he came in the second time he did not say nothing,” Valdez said. “He just walked in and looked for who he was looking for and started shooting.”
Kansas City police spokesman T.J. Tomasic says they do not believe the shooting was racially motivated and appears to be an isolated incident possibly related to an argument that occurred in the bar earlier that same night.
“We do not believe it is random, we do believe this was an isolated incident,” Tomasic said. “We don’t feel that these suspects are going to go out and do this again.”
Although police have not released names, they have released footage of the two suspects caught on security cameras.
The five injured in the bar shooting were taken to area hospitals and reported as stable with two already being released.
Tomasic said that the four deceased men were all Hispanic, one identified as being in his late 50s, another in his 30s and two in their 20s.