Victim, suspect identified in fatal Mercedes bar shooting

Fatal shooting at La Puerta Negra Bar // File Photo

Authorities have identified the suspect and victims in a Wednesday night shooting at a rural bar that left one man dead.

It all happened at the La Puerta Negra Bar off Mile 2 West just north of Mercedes at 10:43 p.m. Wednesday.

Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office deputies reported that a gunman walked into the bar and shot at least three people.

Investigators reported that paramedics rushed 33-year-old Luis Fernando Lara to the McAllen Medical Center where he died from a gunshot wound.

An autopsy has been ordered for Lara but witnesses were able to identify the gunman.

Deputies are not releasing the suspect TMs name at this time but investigators have prepared an arrest warrant for a murder charge against him.

The Wednesday night shooting is the ninth murder of the year for the Hidalgo County Sheriff TMs Office.