Police deny report of gunshot at Laredo Applebee's

A bar fight occurred on Friday night at an Applebee's in Laredo, as police denied any reports of a gunshot being fired within the building.

Officers arrested Luis Javier Garza at the restaurant in wake of the incident.

The 20-year-old man was charged with Assault class A and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon Class A.

Police were on the scene late Friday at the Applebee's near the intersection of Bob Bollock Loop 20 and International Boulevard collecting information.

At around 11:40 p.m., a post on social media from citizen journalist Priscilla "La Gordiloca" Villarreal stated that a shooting had taken place at the local restaurant. However, multiple representatives for the Laredo Police Department denied that report to LMT that night, claiming that no shooting had occurred as of initial reports and information pointed to a bar fight.

La Gordiloca deleted the initial post Friday night and instead replaced it with one stating that an individual who was involved in a fight "took out a gun and shot into the air."

LPD stated Saturday that a fight broke out between two men when one bumped going into the other near the bathroom.

Police said that Garza was carrying a firearm on his person in a licensed premise. However, they emphasized that no shots were fired and the weapon was not used in the assault.

LPD also said no one was seriously injured.

An individual who claimed to be a witness at the scene told LMT in the early hours of Saturday morning that they thought they heard two gunshots fire inside the restaurant. They also sent in photographs showcasing some of the alleged aftermath of the incident, as the building is seen relatively empty and chairs are on the ground throughout the restaurant.

"We were having a nice graduation dinner with my family, and one man in his early 20s I’d say was walking around looked up to no good," Rebecca Rios said. "As he was walking around the bar, he bumped into another gentleman which started a fight, and they escorted them outside. Once they ran back inside, we heard glasses falling, people running under the table trying to seek shelter, kids running to the restroom to hide and lock themselves in there.

"I heard gunshots, apparently there was none, but we heard two. My family was under the table scared for their lives, all we (could) think about was the kids from Uvalde. After that pretty much everything went blank."

Another individual who also claimed to be a witness of the event also told LMT that they thought they heard one gunshot go off.