According to authorities in Texas, a 30-year-old man shot and killed his girlfriend during an argument in a Texas Roadhouse parking lot.
He then fled with his two daughters, officials said, triggering an Amber Alert, which stated that the two girls had been abducted.
The Amarillo Police Department responded to the Texas Roadhouse shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, and discovered the 23-year-old woman, Marisela Mendoza, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to a department news release.
She was transported to a nearby hospital, where she died from injuries sustained during the shooting, according to police.
The couple were in a relationship and had decided to travel to Amarillo in separate vehicles, investigators discovered. The children’s traveling companions are unknown.
“Once the identity of the suspect was established, an Amber alert and regional broadcasts were issued,” police said, adding that the man has been served with a murder warrant.
The Amber Alert was canceled at approximately 3:30 a.m. on May 1 after the man has been arrested in Hereford, northwest Texas, according to KVII.
According to a police spokesperson, the two girls, ages 5 and 8, were discovered safe and sound with their father.
McClatchy News is withholding the suspect’s name to protect the children’s identities. According to a police spokesperson, the man did not have legal custody of the kids when he decided to flee with them.