Police: License plate led to arrest in Sugar Land Town Square shooting

The gunfire had many people running for their lives, but the quick actions by one Starbucks employee has left many people calling him a hero.

SUGAR LAND, Texas - Police say that license plate recognition led to the arrest of a suspect accused of shooting a gun into the air in Sugar Land Town Square.

Dozens were outside Sugar Land's Town Square Wednesday night when police say at least twelve shots were fired in the air, some even struck a nearby office building.

Jarodd Deon Wilson, 19, has been arrested and charged with deadly conduct. Detectives believe at least one additional shooter is still at large, so the investigation is ongoing. 

Police say a nearby license plate recognition camera captured a license plate from the suspect vehicle. Detectives used the information to locate the driver, who police say later confessed to firing a weapon.

The gunfire had many people running for their lives, but the quick actions by one Starbucks employee has left many people calling him a hero.

For the 25-year-old Starbucks barista, it was pure instinct.

“I just knew that I needed to make sure that everybody at least in my control was safe. And that they knew that they would remain safe and that they knew that they were," said Travis Tinsley.

Tinsley is now being called a hero by those he locked inside his store.

“I instructed everybody just to get down on the floor, lock the doors up, kind of let the curtains down. Shut off all the lights," Tinsley said.

Tinsley said they had no idea what the situation was outside. It could’ve been an active shooter or a random drive by. All he knew was that the people around him were his only priority.

“I made sure just to go around to make sure that everybody stayed calm," Tinsley said.

As the repairs go up on the building that was damaged, Tinsley is back to brewing. But it’s his compassion and composure in times of chaos that, now, he’s forever known for. 

“A hero? Not really, I feel like if you’re just a human being that’s what you would do," Tinsley said.

Police say they found casings from both a rifle and handgun so it is believed that there were at least two shooters. Officers said the suspects took off in a black sedan.

If you have any information about this crime, you’re asked to call Crime Stoppers.

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