Police arrest a Dallas man who allegedly shot 43-year-old who was on the ground

By Chris Harris
Updated October 12, 2015 07:00 PM
Credit: Arlington Police Department

A man was shot Sunday night when brawls between Texan tailgaters broke out in AT&T Stadium’s parking lot following the New England Patriots win over the Dallas Cowboys.

A police spokesman in Arlington, Texas, confirms to PEOPLE that a single bullet pierced the neck of an unidentified 43-year-old man Sunday evening. He is being treated at a local hospital, where his injuries were characterized as “serious.”

A statement from police officials claims officers patrolling the stadium were alerted to a large fight in the lot’s northwest corner just before 8:30 p.m.

As officers headed towards the fight, hoping to break it up, they heard a gunshot, the statement alleges. Calls to 911 a minute later reported a man had been shot.

Investigators learned two fights had occurred. During the first, 28-year-old Dallas resident Marvin Rodriguez allegedly pointed a gun at another man, but didn’t pull the trigger.

During the second fight, police claim the 43-year-old victim intervened, trying to break up the fracas. He was knocked to the ground, according to police.

“The suspect walked up to this second victim while he was trying to get up from the ground and shot him once in the neck,” a police statement reads. “The shooting occurred in a grassy easement area between the sidewalk and a retaining wall for the parking lot. The suspect then attempted to flee by getting into a vehicle but was arrested by officers.”

Rodriguez is being held on $200,000 bond and faces two charges of aggravated assault. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter.