Two men, 28-year-old Nicholas Flores and 31-year-old Edward Lagunas were wounded in a shooting outside of Big Al’s Bier Garden in New Braunfels in mid-August, according to KGNB News. The station reports that “police officials say that they believe members of two rival gangs began exchanging gunfire just before midnight,” and that the two men wounded in the incident are believed to be members of those rival gangs. Police have not reported that either of the wounded men was involved with the shooting.
According to DisasterCenter.com, the rate of violent crime in Texas has actually decreased in recent years, with only 113,231 incidents reported in 2010, opposed to 121,694 the previous year. The issue of gun violence in Texas was raised this month last year with the shooting at Texas A&M University, in which a gunman killed three people. The gunman was then shot by police. Though the isolated incident paled in comparison to previous and subsequent school shootings, the gun debate in Texas has always been a heated one.
In 2008, according to StateHealthFacts.org, there were 10.9 deaths in Texas per 100,000 people, as opposed to 10.3 nationally. Texas does not rank among the states with the highest rate of firearm deaths, but 24th nationally for highest rate of death by firearm. Surprisingly, Alaska ranks first on the list, with 20.9 deaths per 100,000 people. Hawaii ranks last, with only 3.1.
If you are wrongly injured by a firearm, or caught in the middle of an event like the one that transpired in New Braunfels this August, you may be eligible for compensation. Don’t go through the process alone. Contact a dedicated New Braunfels personal injury attorney today.