EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — A shooting at a strip club in Edinburg opened a statewide investigation that lead to multiple arrests across the state.
During a press conference, Edinburg Police Chief Cesar Torres said the shooting, which left two in the hospital, stemmed from rivalries between motorcycle clubs.
On February 14, authorities responded to the Jaguars Nightclub in Edinburg to a shooting. At the scene, they found two victims. One with multiple gunshot wounds and a second victim severely beaten. Both were transported to a local hospital.
After an investigation, officials found the victim who had been shot was an active member of the Bandito Motorcycle Club and the victim who had been beaten was an associate of the same club.
Chief Torres said after learning the suspects were part of rival clubs, Mongols Motorcycle Club and Pagans Motorcycle Club, they decided to notify the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO).
Through the statewide investigation, officials were able to obtain 42 arrest warrants and 10 search warrants.
On February 24, a massive operation was launched across the state including, Edinburg, McAllen, Brownsville, Weslaco, Edcouch, Corpus Christi and Dallas.
Chief Torres said those arrested were charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of organized crime. Totaling a bond of $450,000.
“It is very clear to us that public safety is our top priority and the message is very clear. If you commit a crime in the city of Edinburg, we will [identify] you, we will track you down, we will arrest you, and you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” said Chief Torres during the press conference.
Torres added the victims from the incident from February 14 were treated and released from the hospital.