Karaoke night at a seafood restaurant turned deadly when a customer shot a man who had just performed a song that includes the Spanish lyric: “I want to remind the gringos: I didn’t cross the border, the border crossed to me.”
The victim is a 30-year-old male whose his identity has not been released since his family has not yet been notified, Houston Police Department spokesperson Jodi Silva told ABCNews.com.
The man completed his performance of “Somos Mas Americanos,” which translates to “We Are More American,” and went back to his table of friends at the Ostioneria Mazatlan restaurant in Houston late Sunday night.
“At that time, an unknown Hispanic male suspect stood up from an adjacent table and pulled a pistol from his waistband,” Silva said.
There was no scuffle or words exchanged leading up to the incident. The man was shot once in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect and three males fled the scene in a red Chevrolet pickup truck. Two women who were also sitting at the table left in a Nissan Pathfinder.
Calls to Ostioneria Mazatlan were unreturned.
The chance for ordinary people to croon some of their favorite songs or find their inner rock star while in front of an audience has spawned a handful of violent incidents.
In 2010, many karaoke bars in the Philippines banned the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way” after it lead to at least six killings in the past decade, the New York Times reported.
In Thailand, a man killed eight people after he became upset at repeated renditions of John Denver’s “Take Me Home Country Roads,” The Telegraph reported.
And in 2008, a Wisconsin man named Kyle Drinkwine drunkenly beat a singer and his friend because he did not like the man’s rendition of the heavy metal song “Holy Diver,” The Smoking Gun reported.