Police: Known gang member deported six times shoots, kills brother at Escondido bar

Posted at 4:25 PM, Sep 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-27 00:58:29-04

ESCONDIDO, Calif. (KGTV) -- A man police say shot and killed his brother at an Escondido bar is now being identified as a known gang member previously deported from the U.S. six times.

Saturday, police were called to the 100 block of West Grand Avenue just before 1 a.m. Earlier in the morning, Manuel and Antonio Martinez sped away from the bar, causing the tires to lose traction.

A bar patron yelled at the pair before both Manuel and Antonio returned to confront the patron.

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After arriving, police say Manuel pointed a gun at the man as Antonio attacked and punched him. Other people at the scene intervened and grabbed ahold of Antonio to break up the fight.

Manuel fired two shots, striking Antonio and a second victim. Police say Antonio died from his wounds at the scene. After a short chase, Manuel was arrested on multiple charges, including murder.

Manuel Martinez is a documented gang member and was wanted in connection with three other violent crimes he committed in Escondido since 2017, police say.

Authorities have been searching for him over the last year. Manuel was also deported from the U.S. six times, starting in 2016.

Pounders Sports Pub released the following statement with 10News:

"The Pounders Sports Pub family and staff would like to acknowledge and give our sincerest appreciation and thanks to all of the law enforcement and first responders, our staff and our patrons for their courageous acts and heroic efforts that helped to keep our community safe, during the senseless act of violence and tragic events that occurred outside of Pounders on Friday evening. 
To our fellow business establishments, our patrons as well as the community who reached out to offer their support and care during this time.  We would like to thank you all for your continued support and care.
We feel very honored to be part of the downtown Grand Ave business district serving our great community for 30 years."