Tire shop owner allegedly shot by customer after argument over tires and rims

Published: Mar. 7, 2019 at 12:14 PM CST
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An Andrews business owner was shot by a customer Thursday morning. Donuvon Fitzgerald, 30, is charged with shooting the owner of Knights Tire and Service.

Around 10:30 a.m., Andrews County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the auto shop in response to a shooting.

When they arrived, they found the shop’s owner, Diego Mendoza, with a gunshot wound in his back.

Authorities say Mendoza told them Fitzgerald had come to pick up some tires and rims that he had ordered. An argument broke out between the two and ended with Mendoza being shot.

A man claiming to be a friend of Mendoza’s told CBS7 this isn’t the first time customers have caused trouble.

“The people that come here, come with such attitude toward [Mendoza],” he said. “They try to fight him all the time. They say if you don’t fix it, we’ll fix you.”

Mendoza was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

A deputy responding to the scene spotted a car matching the description of Fitzgerald's vehicle. He was arrested without incident, and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, as well as unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

“This little corner right here, leaving toward Big Spring, is the most horrible place here,” Mendoza’s friend said. “There’s a whole bunch of meth heads, ice heads that just come in, ‘Hey can you fix my car?’ But they don’t know how to say anything else, or be respectful.”

According to jail records, Fitzgerald was still behind bars Thursday night, and no bond had been set.

An investigation into the shooting by the sheriff’s office is ongoing.

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