ARLINGTON — The gunman who went into an Arlington sports bar and killed a manager Wednesday came in with two loaded guns and two knives, Arlington police said Thursday.

“He had the capacity to harm many more people in the business if he wanted to,” said police spokesman Lt. Christopher Cook.

James Jones, 48, of Grand Prairie went into Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill about 6:15 p.m., walked up to the bar and started yelling and making incoherent, strange statements, witnesses told police.

The manager, Cesar Perez, 37, of Duncanville walked over to try to calm Jones down, Cook said. Jones pulled out a gun and fatally shot him.

A few seconds later, a customer armed with a concealed handgun approached Jones and shot him to death, Cook said.

Jones did not have a license to carry a gun, Cook said. Police do not believe Jones and Perez knew each other.

The customer who shot the gunman has a license to carry and is not expected to face charges, Cook said.

“By all accounts, he decided to engage the shooter because he wanted to prevent further loss of life,” Cook said.

Jones apparently didn’t know who was shooting at him, because he fired shots at the front door before he died, Cook said. Police are investigating whether he had a history of mental illness or was intoxicated. Authorities don’t know why he targeted Zona Caliente and was so heavily armed.

A third person, a woman, suffered a non-life-threatening injury during the incident. She cut her feet on broken glass while trying to escape the building, Cook said.

Some 15 to 20 people were in the sports bar when the shooting happened.

The business is a blue sign establishment, according to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, meaning alcohol does not make up 51 percent or more of its sales and that it was legal for the customer to carry his firearm inside, Cook said.

There was some confusion because the business had posted both a blue sign and a red sign. A red sign means no firearms are allowed. Cook said the red sign was probably a mistake.


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