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A Texas teen accused of fatally shooting two men during a bar fight will likely be facing capital murder charges, but he didn’t let his impending legal battle deter him from promoting his music career.
Kieran Christopher Williams, 19, was arrested following a shooting on Sunday, January 19, at the Ventura night club in San Antonio, police said Monday. In video that was taken following Williams’ arrest, he can be seen being led away by police in handcuffs and stopping briefly to discuss his case with waiting reporters — and to plug his social media handle.
“Y’all gotta follow me on instagram, _32baby.k9_,” Williams can be heard saying in the video. “That’s me. Actually I’m an upcoming artist.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victims of the shooting as Robert Martinez, 21, and Alejandro Robles, 25, police said Monday. Five other victims were injured during the shooting: a 46-year-old woman and four male teens, all between the ages of 16 and 19, according to authorities. All five victims were taken to a local hospital following the shooting and are in stable condition.
It is currently unclear what led to the altercation, but police said on Monday that the shooting was “not a random incident.”
During his perp walk on Monday, however, Williams painted a different picture of events and defended himself to reporters, claiming that the fight started because one of the victims threatened his life.
“He told me he was gonna kill me,” Williams said, but did not elaborate on to whom he was referring. “He told me ’cause I bumped into him, he was gonna kill me.”
He later described what happened as “self-defense” before, when a reporter reminded him that he is accused of murdering two men, expressing remorse.
“On the cool, I regret everything that I did,” he said. “No lie. I do.”
During a press conference on Monday, Chief William McManus did not elaborate on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, but did that state that Williams and at least one of the victims were “familiar with each other.” Following an investigation that included collecting shell casings that were found at the scene, detectives took Williams into custody.
In regards to Williams, McManus stated that the teen is being charged with capital murder and does have a criminal record, but did not comment on any previous arrests. However, online jail records show that Williams was arrested for unauthorized use of a vehicle.
The investigation is ongoing, according to authorities.
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