Security guard injured in weekend shooting shares his story
As a community mourns the loss of a local mother shot in a drive by shooting outside a local nightclub, we are hearing from one of the security guards who survived. "I didn't realize at first that I was shot. I kind of just smelled the gun powder," said Alex Kearney, who was working security at a La Isla del Encanto when someone drove by and opened fire.
"Literally from there, just out of my peripherals, I see a vehicle drive by and just heard the shots." Kearney told us it all started when two groups began to fight. He and another security guard where trying to break them up.
"I kind of just dropped to the ground. I didn't really know what happened, just fell to the ground felt pain in my knee." His boss, Alberto Rios, the head of security at the club, shared cell phone video with News Channel 5 showing the brawl he believes led up to the shooting.
While initial reports said his guards were armed, Rios said that was not the case and even if they had been there would have been no opportunity for them to fire at the shooter. Another security guard was also injured. "He took a good look at him so I just want them to catch this guy because no human being deserve to die like that," said Rios.
There was total of 4 people shot outside the club. The only one who didn't survive was 24-year-old mother of two Kassandra Morales. "You don't want to believe it.
As a parent and as a mom you don't want to believe it," said Sofia Esquivel. Esquivel became close with Kassandra over the last two years. Their sons play on the same team.
Esquivel says Kassandra was with the team the Saturday morning before the shooting, never imagining it would be the last game they would all cheer at together.
"She was just always smiling, always supportive of her son and all the children."