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Suspect Waited for Victim Before Shooting Him

KSAT12– The suspect who fatally shot another man in the parking lot of a Texas Land & Cattle Steak House restaurant was “lying in wait” for the victim, according to a San Antonio Police Department report.

The SAPD identified the suspect as 48-year-old Victor Ricondo. Ricondo pulled into the restaurant parking lot late Monday evening. He got out of his van and then re-entered through the passenger side and sat in the middle row. That is where he sat and waited for the victim.

The victim, 39-year-old Anthony Rangel, and his unidentified female passenger pulled into the parking lot and parked next to the van. Rangel got out of his vehicle and opened the rear door of Ricondo’s van. Apparently, Ricondo yelled something at Rangel, and he closed the door. Rangel ran back to his vehicle, and while he was leaving, Ricondo fired several shots into the vehicle, police said.

Rangel was wounded during the altercation and crashed into two other vehicles in the parking lot before coming to a stop. The woman passenger was not injured, officials said. Rangel was transported to the hospital, where he later died.

Ricondo told officers that Rangel had broken into his van, and he fired at the victim as he attempted to flee the scene. It was later determined that Ricondo was waiting for Rangel and that he was not in any danger when he fired on the vehicle. Ricondo has been charged with murder.

So Many Questions

The reason for this senseless killing is still unknown. It has not been released whether these two men were friends and on the outs for some reason. They could have possibly been co-workers involved in a tiff, or maybe they were having a disagreement over the woman in the victim’s car. Regardless of the reason, Ricondo killed an innocent man in cold blood. Rangel has a family who is missing him and no doubt trying to come to terms with his death. Death is hard to deal with, but murder may be almost impossible. Murder can lead to many more questions than answers for the family.

Crime Statistics

Crime Facts at a Glance 2014 According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:

  • There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
  • The crime rate for the State of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
  • During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were 16 years of age and under.
  • Firearms were used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
  • There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were committed by the use of hands, fists, and feet; 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
  • 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
  • There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders.

Wrongful Death Lawyers

Murder is always tragic and hard to deal with. Not only is it hard because of the initial shock of losing a loved one but also because it usually involves a long drawn out investigation accompanied by, in some cases, an even longer more drawn out trial. Murder is more common than one might think. If you have lost a family member through questionable circumstances, then please contact our office and speak with one of our professional lawyers.