Man arrested in killing at National City World Cup watch party

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. - A suspect accused in the shooting death of a 36-year-old man outside a National City restaurant last month was arrested, police announced Tuesday.

The National City Police Department reported that 35-year-old Daniel Arce Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of killing 36-year-old Josue Crook during a World Cup viewing party on June 17.

Gonzalez was taken into custody Monday by the Tijuana Municipal Police Department. He was turned over to National City police and booked in the downtown San Diego Central Jail on suspicion of first-degree murder, assault with a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

The fatal shooting occurred outside the Rincon Del Mar restaurant in the 300 block of Highland Avenue.

Witnesses told 10News people were inside the restaurant celebrating after the Mexico-Brazil match. A fight broke out and spilled into the street, which is when Crook was shot. According to family members, Crook died as he tried to break up the fight.

Crook was taken to UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest, where he died from his injuries.

National City police said detectives identified Gonzalez as a suspect and then notified agencies on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Detectives are also searching for other possible suspects as well, police said. No further details were released.

Gonzalez will be arraigned Thursday afternoon in San Diego County Superior Court.

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