August 23, 2014
Police say three men were fatally shot and two other people were injured early this morning at a bar in Winnemucca, and the shootings may have stemmed from a longstanding feud between several local families.
Winnemucca Police Chief Bob Davidson says a man entered Players
Bar and Grill and fatally shot two members of a rival family before
he was shot and killed by a patron. All three were pronounced dead
at the scene.
The deceased shooter was identified as 30-year-old Ernesto Villagomez. The other deceased men were identified as 20-year-old
Jose Torres and his 19-year-old brother, Margarito Torres. All
three were from Winnemucca.
A 34-year-old man and a 22-year-old woman were listed in stable
condition with gunshot wounds at the Winnemucca hospital. Their
names weren't immediately released.
The 48-year-old patron from Reno who killed the shooter was
initially taken into custody as a person of interest, but was later
released after Humboldt County District Attorney Russell Smith
determined the shooting was justifiable homicide.
The shootings are under investigation.