Texas: Man continued date after ‘fatal shooting over $40 parking lot’ US News

Erick Aguirre reportedly returned to his dinner after a fatal $40 shy

Erick Aguirre reportedly returned to his dinner after hustling over $40 (Images: AP/Google)

A man allegedly shot a fake $40 parking attendant and then returned to his dinner.

Erick Aguirre, 29, paid $40 for parking and found he was scammed while at a burger joint. Aguirre is accused of going back outside to the man posing as a park ranger, Elliot Nix, 46, and shooting him dead.

Aguirre then returned to his date and told her “everything was fine,” court filings say. He told her he just scared the man outside the Rodeo Goat restaurant in Houston.

The pair began walking towards a table but left when Aguirre became unwell, according to the records.

Two days later, Aguirre’s date contacted the police, who were looking for them and had released their photos.

“She wanted to do the right thing,” her attorney, Rick DeToto, told KPRC. “She wanted to make sure she came forward and told the police what she knew.”

Nix approached the couple as they parked their cars near the downtown restaurant. Nix told them it would cost $20 each, and Aguirre paid the full price, the affidavit said. A restaurant employee later told them that Nix was not a parking lot worker.

Aguirre was spotted by a smoker who walked to his car, pulled out a gun and went after Nix. They disappeared, but the worker said he heard a gunshot just before 8 p.m. Afterwards, the worker saw Aguirre “casually walking back to his car, gun in hand,” according to the affidavit. Aguirre put the gun back in his car and drove back to the burger joint.

Meanwhile, Nix was transported to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

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Justin Scaccy

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