Man arrested in fatal shootings outside Northwest Mall

HOUSTON -- Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shootings of two men outside Northwest Mall early Monday morning.

The suspect, Apolinar Aparicio-Mendez, 32, is charged with capital murder in the 179th State District Court, according to the Houston Police Department.

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Police on Tuesday identified the victims as Pedro Sanchez, 24, and Juan Sanchez, 29.

According to HPD, the victims were leaving Club Chapa at the mall when they were confronted by a group of men who also just left the club. The men then got into a verbal altercation.

Investigators say a silver Chevrolet Silverado pickup pulled up, and the driver began taunting several of them, but did not exit the truck.  As Pedro and Juan Sanchez walked toward the vehicle, both men were shot.

The suspect then fled in the pickup truck.

Nearby security officers witnessed the shooting and pursued the fleeing pickup truck to a dead-end at the Northwest Transit Center where they detained the suspect.

Police identified the alleged shooter as Aparicio-Mendez. and he was taken into custody.

Aparicio-Mendez admitted to his role in the shooting and he was charged, according to HPD.

Photos: HPD investigation into double fatal shooting at NW Mall

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