“Tragedy in El Paso: Shooting Rampage by Fort Bliss Soldiers Leaves Two Dead, Four Wounded”

By | July 21, 2023



A shocking shooting rampage occurred outside an El Paso bar, leaving two people dead and four others injured. The incident, which took place on July 13, was captured on security cameras and the footage was described in a criminal complaint affidavit filed by an El Paso police detective.

The two suspects, U.S. Army Pvt. Aaron John, 22, and Pfc. Andrew James Williams, 20, who are both stationed at Fort Bliss, remain jailed on capital murder charges. The video footage reportedly shows a fight breaking out between John and other individuals in the parking lot of the bar. The altercation escalates, and both John and Williams are seen pulling out handguns and opening fire on the crowd.

James Nicholson Jr., 26, and Alexa Retana, 27, were tragically killed in the shooting. They were a couple and parents to young daughters. Four others were wounded in the attack. The suspects allegedly continued shooting at the crowd and even pointed their guns at a passing vehicle. Eventually, they fled the scene in a black Volkswagen Passat, but were apprehended by military police at the Fort Bliss gate.

Both John and Williams have been questioned by homicide detectives and remain incarcerated on bonds of $2.5 million each. If convicted of capital murder, they could face life in prison without parole or the death penalty, according to Texas law.

Fort Bliss officials have stated that this incident does not reflect the values of their organization and expressed condolences to the victims’ families. The shooting has shaken the community, prompting reflection on the devastating impact of gun violence.

As the investigation continues, the focus will be on understanding the motives behind the shooting and ensuring justice for the victims and their loved ones. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of maintaining public safety and addressing the underlying issues that contribute to such acts of violence..