HOUSTON -- Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man in southwest Houston on October 15.
The incident happened at the Casa Blanca club in the 8200 block of Bellaire Boulevard shortly after 4 a.m.
Alain Paredes-Ruiz, 30, is charged with murder in the killing of Wilfredo Salinas Reyes, 34, of Houston, who died at the scene.
HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting at the club. When officers arrived, HFD paramedics were on scene and had pronounced Reyes deceased.
An initial investigation determined Reyes was inside the club with his common-law wife and several other witnesses when Reyes got into a disturbance.
Reyes and others in his group were then escorted out of the club. Once outside, Reyes and a male suspect got into an argument. According to HPD, Paredes-Ruiz then pulled out a handgun and pointed it at Reyes and his group. He then retreated to his vehicle, got in and drove toward where Reyes was standing. Paredes-Ruiz stopped and both individuals again argued. During the argument, he shot Reyes then fled the scene in a silver Mercedes.
Further investigation and witness statements identified Paredes-Ruiz as the suspect in this case. Investigators obtained information that Paredes-Ruiz traveled to California with the intent to flee the country.
Paredes-Ruiz instead turned himself in to a fire department substation in Carlsbad, California, and was subsequently arrested by Carlsbad Police Department officers. He remains in the San Diego County Jail in Vista, California, awaiting extradition back to Texas.
Paredes-Ruiz has admitted to investigators his role in Reyes' death.