Two Arrested in Shooting at Takoma Park Sports Bar

Takoma Park Police say that an argument at a sports bar Sunday afternoon led to a shooting that left one man in critical condition.

Police Chief Antonio DeVaul on Monday announced the arrests of Luis Samuel Rios Rodriguez, 35, of no fixed address, and Abed Jonathan Midence-Lopez, 39, of Greenbelt, Maryland, for multiple offenses. Rodriguez was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and second-degree assault. Midence-Lopez was charged with conspiracy to all of the listed charges.

Officers responded at approximately 2:47 p.m. Sunday to the Barriles Restaurant & Sports Bar in the 7600 block of New Hampshire Ave. for shots fired with injuries, police spokesperson Cathy Plevy said in a press release. As officers arrived, both suspects were exiting the establishment to leave but were detained. Midence-Lopez sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Rodriguez was transported to the local police station.

When officers entered the establishment, they found a victim who had been shot. The officers provided life-saving measures until rescue units arrived. The victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

An investigation of the establishment revealed a firearm and shell casings. During the investigation, officers learned that Rodriguez, Midence-Lopez, and the victim were involved in a verbal argument, and a security guard separated them at one point. Rodriguez and Midence-Lopez were escorted out of the establishment. Rodriguez returned to the restaurant with a firearm in order to confront the victim. Rodriguez shot the victim following a physical altercation.

Midence-Lopez and Rodriguez were charged accordingly and transported to the Montgomery County Central Processing Unit. Both are being held without bond.

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