Man jailed in Oak Lawn triple-murder case

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by SHON GABLES

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WFAA

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 9:20 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 3:38 PM

Three dead in Oak Lawn

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DALLAS — Dallas police said three people were shot and killed outside an Oak Lawn nightclub on Sunday morning.

Police said a "possible suspect" later turned himself in. After being interviewed by detectives, Rigoberto Hernandez, 45, was charged with capital murder on Sunday evening.

It was the second time in two days that a dispute outside a Dallas nightclub had ended in violence.

Sunday's call came in at just after 5 a.m. in front of the San Francisco nightclub at Hawthorne and Maple avenues. Jesus Villarreal, who lives about a block away, said he heard multiple gunshots and raced to the chaotic scene.

"There was a guy who came up and shot the three people inside the car," he said. "It was two males, Hispanic, and a girl."

Investigators identified the victims as 22-year-old Claudia Balderas; a 27-year-old Francisco Martinez; and another man name and age were not available.

A statement from police said the trouble began with an altercation between Baldereas and another woman in the parking lot of the San Francisco club.

"The suspect approached one of the male complainants and shot him, and then subsequently shot the other male and female complainants with a handgun," the statement said, adding that all three shooting victims died at the scene.

Joe Lara said Dallas police requrested surveillance video from his notary public business next to the crime scene. Lara confessed his neighborhood has challenges, especially when the party crowd shows up.

"In the daytime, people are able to walk down the street, dressed up in their suit and go and have lunch," he said. "But in the nighttime, it's totally different... daytime/nighttime totally 100 percent different."

Joseph Rodrigez, a neighborhood activist, wants the rash of violence to end. He's demanding Dallas police step up their presence.

"It always tends to calm itself or ride itself when they're present," he said.

Villareal said Sunday's incident makes him want to move out, especially after what he witnessed.

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