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Masked Men Kill Two, Wound Others

March 2, 1987

ARANSAS PASS, Texas (AP) _ Two masked men, armed with carbine rifles and wearing stockings over their heads, burst into a tavern Sunday night and opened fire, killing two people and seriously wounding two others, police said.

A massive manhunt for the suspects was under way around this small Gulf Coast fishing and vacationing community, Aransas Pass Police Capt. Mike Thompson said.

According to witnesses, eight to nine people were ″dancing and minding their own business″ in the bar about 8:15 p.m. when the men walked in and opened fire on the group, Thompson said.

The dead were identified as Robert Lee, 31, and Josie Garza, 41, both of Aransas Pass. Mrs. Garza died during surgery, said Ken Noteboom, administrator for the AMI/Coastal Bend Hospital in Aransas Pass. Lee also died at the hospital, Noteboom said.

The wounded were identified as James Soto, 38, and Alfred Torres, 38, both of Aransas Pass. Soto was described as in critical condition and undergoing surgery late Sunday. Hospital officials said Torres was in serious condition.

Only the four were hit, Thompson said. No motive for the shooting was known.

Police bulletins said the suspects escaped in a blue, late model Buick. The driver was said to be wearing black gloves.

Aransas Pass, which has a population of 7,173, is 20 miles northwest of Corpus Christi on the lower Texas coast.

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