Monday, January 9, 2012

San Antonio,TX: Suspect arrested, victims identified in fitness club shooting

By Michelle Mondo,
Updated 12:29 p.m., Monday, January 9, 2012
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METRO -- Yu Masaki, 27, is escorted out of the San Antonio Police Department headquarters after his arrest, Monday, Jan. 9, 2012. Masaki is suspected in the shooting two Planet Fitness employees Sunday night. A male and female were shot as they were leaving the center. The man died at the scene and the woman was transported to an area hospital. JERRY LARA/ Photo: San Antonio Express-News, JERRY LARA / SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS

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A man suspected in a shooting Sunday night in the parking lot of a North Side fitness club that left another man dead and a woman critically injured was arrested fewer than 11 hours later, allegedly reaching for a gun as officers surrounded him at his apartment.

Police had arrived at the Wood Hollow Apartments in the 10300 block of Sahara Street about 10 minutes before they saw the man walking out of one of the apartments carrying a television, police at the scene said.

He dropped the TV, went for a gun in his waistband as officers, their own weapons drawn, ordered him to the ground, police said. An officer was able to kick the suspect to the ground and he was taken into custody.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus identified the suspect as Yu Masaki, 27. He had not been before a magistrate judge by midday but McManus said he was expected to face charges of murder, attempted murder and attempted aggravated assault on a police officer.

Juan Escamilla, 31, was killed near the Planet Fitness where he worked, according to police and the Bexar County medical examiner's office. The woman injured was Margaret McCombs, 21, according to a police report.

Masaki reportedly had been a member of the fitness club and also a “wannabe boyfriend” of McCombs, a witness told police. He even presented her with a gift at some point, but she was not interested, the witness said. The club had asked him to stop coming there because he had made “extremely aggressive advances,” not just toward McCombs but other women there, a police report said.

He approached McCombs, Escamilla, and two other employees around 7:15 p.m. after the group had walked out of Planet Fitness on N.E. Loop 410 near McCullough Avenue to their vehicles in the parking lot, McManus said.

As Masaki shot Escamilla in the upper torso multiple times, the woman ran to the other end of the parking lot, police said. The shooter chased her, “caught her and shot her” multiple times near Jason's Deli, McManus said.

The two other employees who walked in a different direction in the parking lot were not injured.

Staff writer Jessica Kwong contributed to this report.

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