R.I.P. Pete L. Gonzales, Owner of 210 Kapone's

Pete L. Gonzales, owner of 210 Kapone's
Pete L. Gonzales, owner of 210 Kapone's

Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 10:30 a.m. 
Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2015  3:49 p.m.

Pete L. Gonzales died early Sunday morning, March 15, in a "random act of violence," according to a post on the Facebook account of his venue 210 Kapone's. He was 45 years old.

According to the San Antonio Police Department, Gonzales was shot and killed around 1:51 a.m., just before the bar closed after Saturday's Freestyle DJ performance. The shooting suspect was kicked out of the bar and went to his car to retrieve his handgun. He then shot Gonzales twice before fleeing. Gonzales was taken to the San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he passed away. The suspect is still at large.

"Pete will be truly missed," says the Kapone's Facebook post. "We have loved him in life, let us not forget him after death. Per Pete's wishes, he wants 210 Kapone's to keep moving forward, so the show and music must go on."

Gonzales is survived by a 28-year-old daughter, a nine-year-old son and twin five-year-old daughters. For years, Gonzales was dedicated to San Antonio's music, biking and tattoo culture, helping to create Nikita Productions, Slinging Ink Tattoo Expo, River City Bike Fest, Siesta Fest, South Texas Rock Fest and the former Backstage Live.

A former booking agent and operator at Backstage Live (now Alamo City Music Hall), Gonzales opened 210 Kapone's in 2014, after a split with former wife and ACMH owner Sylvia Fernandez. At 1223 E. Houston, 210 Kapone's caters to hard rock, metal and EDM audiences. Gonzales ran the venue with Michelle Rodriguez, Dan Vega and Vestiny Gonzales, his oldest daughter.

210 Kapone's will re-open on Thursday, March 19. 

As the memorial fund and funeral arrangement becomes public, we will update here.

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