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Law enforcement looking for wanted suspect in Taft shooting

Posted at 12:11 AM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 01:31:27-04

Law enforcement agencies in the Coastal Bend are looking for a man, who is the accused of shooting and killing four people and injuring another.

Sgt. Nathan Brandley, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, says they are looking for 37-year-old Ronnie Rodriguez Sr. His son, 20-year-old Ronnie Rodriguez Jr., was arrested Sunday morning.

Investigators say Ronnie Rodriguez Sr., along with his son, shot and killed a grandfather and his grandsons.

The shooting took place during a one-year-old child’s birthday party Saturday night.

4 men killed in shooting at child’s birthday party in Texas

Sgt. Brandley identified those killed as 62-year-old Juan Espinoza Sr.; 20-year-old Juan Sandoval III; 22-year-old Jeremy Sandoval; and 25-year-old Nicky Sandoval.  Juan Espinoza Sr. was the grandfather to Juan, Jeremy, Nicky.

The grandson’s father, 43-year-old Juan Espinoza Jr. the elder man’s son and father to the three younger men, was airlifted via HALO-Flight to a hospital. He is expected to live.

CNN spoke with the daughter of  Juan Espinoza Sr. She told CNN, ” He did everything he could for us. He was happily married to his first and only love, my mother, Eulalia Sandoval.”

DPS Troopers say if anyone has any information on Ronnie Rodriguez Sr. whereabouts, they ask to please contact the San Patricio Sheriff’s Department at 361-364-9066 or call the police.