Three Fatally Shot Outside Bar Near Oak Lawn

One victim leaves behind a daughter and son

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    Dallas police said a man who may be responsible for killing three people at a Dallas nightclub early Sunday morning turned himself in to authorities that evening (Published Monday, Aug 19, 2013)

    Dallas police said a man who may be responsible for killing three people at a Dallas nightclub early Sunday morning turned himself in to authorities that evening.

    Officers said Rigoberto Hernandez is the shooter and he was identified on surveillance video. Hernandez voluntarily turned himself in to the Dallas Police Department Sunday night. Police said Hernandez faces capital murder charges.

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    Dallas police said a man who may be responsible for killing three people at a Dallas nightclub turned himself into officers on Sunday evening. (Published Sunday, Aug 18, 2013)

    The shooting happened outside a nightclub at Maple and Hawthorne avenues, near the Dallas North Tollway and Oak Lawn neighborhood.  Police said they arrived at the location at about 5 a.m. and found the three victims deceased.

    "There's no words to put how hurt we are," said Concepcion Alonso, the sister of one of the victims. 

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    Police review evidence after a shooting that killed three people near Hawthorne and Maple Avenues in Dallas. Police impounded the black pickup seen here. (Published Sunday, Aug 18, 2013)

    Alonso said her brother, 27-year-old Francisco Martinez, was out Saturday night with his girlfriend Claudia Balderas and another friend, whose identity has not been released.

    Police said an altercation between Balderas and an unknown woman inside the San Francisco Club spilled out onto the sidewalk. As people tried to break up the fight, police say Hernandez shot the three victims and fled the scene.

    "How can someone think that they can just take a life away without knowing the pain -- the kids left behind?" Alonso said.

    Martinez leaves behind his 9-year-old daughter and a son. His sister describes him as a good guy who had enlisted in the military.

    A pick-up truck was towed away from the crime scene. Dallas police traced it back to address in Oak Cliff where they spent Sunday afternoon questioning residents. 

    As the family mourns, they and other members of the community are asking for an extra layer of security around nightclubs.

    "To find out that there were three individuals killed outside this place, there needs to be more awareness to what's going on in these small little bars," said Joseph Rodriguez, a resident who lived near the crime scene.

    "Don't let it be one more death,” Alonso said.