Jackson County prosecutors over the weekend charged a documented gang member with premeditated murder in connection with a shooting early Friday inside a tavern that left one man dead and one man wounded.
Prosecutors on Saturday charged Gabriel U. Ortega-Cobos, 21, with first-degree murder, assault and two counts of armed criminal action in the midnight shooting of Guillermo Baylon-Olivares, 29, inside Las Plebes, near 12th Street and Agnes Avenue.
Police and court records gave this account:
Ortega-Cobos and the victim fought inside the tavern, witnesses told police. The tavern owner and her boyfriend then escorted Ortega-Cobos outside. One witness heard Ortega-Cobos say, “I’ll be back. You’ll regret it.”
Ortega-Cobos fetched a gun from his car, fired a round in the parking lot and said: “He hit me, and that’s not right.”
The tavern owner, who was still outside, tried to discourage the gunman from going back into the tavern, but he pointed the gun at her head. She then ran into the tavern to try to warn patrons.
Her boyfriend also ran into the tavern and told people to get down. Moments later, the gunman barged in and started firing from near the front door, hitting an innocent bystander who had been playing pool. The gunman then marched over to Baylon-Olivares and fired at him as Baylon-Olivares tried to shield himself using a bar stool.
The tavern’s surveillance system recorded the shooting. Court records said Ortega-Cobos is a documented gang member who is in the United States illegally.
Online court records show he spent four months in jail and pleaded guilty earlier this year to misdemeanor disturbing the peace.