Sunday, March 16, 2014

Argentina: San Luís Cop Goes on Shooting Spree in Discotheque, 2 Killed, 15 Injured

According to The Latin American Tribune, a police officer gunned down two people, one of them an active duty police force superintendent, and wounded another 15 at a discotheque in the town of Naschel in the central Argentine province of San Luís, local media reported Saturday (March 15).

The shooting occurred during the early morning hours of Saturday when police inspector Walter Talquenca entered the club and shot and killed Naschel Police Commissioner Julio Marcelo Barrios and a truck driver from Buenos Aires, identified as Fernando Brizuela.

Another 15 individuals were wounded in the shooting, mostly young people enjoying a night out on the town.

COMMENT: The shooter, an active duty police inspector who was off-duty, had been drinking and was under the combined effects of mood-altering substances when he entered the discotheque.

The assailant attempted to escape, but was followed  by several Naschel police officers who shot the fleeing assailant in the leg and arrested him.

In a statement to the media, Martín Olivera, security minister of San Luís, said that “before the shots, there was no hint of violence or argument. He walked into the club and simply started shooting.”

Provincial Gov. Claudio Poggi decreed three days of mourning for the tragic incident. 

Such an unnecessary loss of life and injury to young adults enjoying themselves, is just one of many reasons why discotheques in many countries are not necessarily a prudent place to be, largely because so many locals are armed, including Talquenca, who was impaired by both alcohol and illegal drugs.

Talquenca's conduct will hopefully be sufficient to terminate him from his police duties and try him for a double-homicide and the attempted murder of 15 others.

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.