Two People Killed in Texas Chick-fil-A Shooting, Hunt Underway

After two individuals were slain in a Chick-fil-A restaurant on Wednesday afternoon, Texas police are on the lookout for a person of interest.

According to the Irving Police Department, Bernardo Mendoza Argueta, 37, is accused of shooting two or more persons in Irving, Texas, near the 5300 block of North MacArthur Boulevard. 

An Irving Police Department representative stated that police were made aware of the incident on Wednesday at around 3:50 p.m.

According to the spokeswoman, two people with gunshot wounds were found when officers arrived on the scene. Both individuals were unable to be saved and pronounced dead by Irving Fire medics.

The woman said the suspect escaped before the officers arrived.

A representative declined to clarify whether the incident took place at the Chick-fil-A out of respect for the business.

Police think the murders were intentional, saying that it was a targeted incident and that this was not a random act of violence.

Residents are requested to keep an eye out for a silver 1997 Honda car with the Texas license plate GVH6205. Residents are encouraged to call 911 immediately if they encounter the offender, who may still be armed. They do not encourage engaging with the wanted man.

Additionally, the Irving Police Department warns locals to stay away from the area while they do their investigation.

Patricia Portillo was named as one of the victims. Law enforcement officials have not yet disclosed the identity of the other victim.

As of Thursday at 7:30 a.m., Mendoza Argueta’s booking information also indicated that he was under Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention. This hold, also known as an immigration detainer, notifies federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) intends to assume custody of a person who is currently under the control of another law enforcement agency.