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Murder suspect had been deported six times previously

The man arrested early Saturday morning in a shooting in front of Pounders on Grand Avenue that left one man dead (his brother) and another with three bullet wounds is an undocumented alien who was deported six times, the latest being August 3, 2016.  He is also a wanted suspect in three other crimes. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has been actively looking for Manuel for illegal re-entry into the United States since October, 2017.

The man has been identified as Manuel Eliseo Martinez, 32, who Saturday was booked into Vista jail on a variety of charges, the most serious being murder, attempted murder and gang member possessing a firearm.

The murder victim has been identified as Antonio Martinez, 35, the brother of Manuel Martinez, the individual arrested for the shooting.

This is according to an update received Tuesday afternoon from the Escondido Police Department.

The incident occurred Saturday about 12:56 a.m. Escondido Police Communications received several calls of a shooting taking place at Pounders bar in the 100 block of W. Grand Ave. Once officers arrived, citizens pointed out the suspect to officers. Officers chased the suspect on foot for several blocks and after a brief struggle, took the suspect into custody. The suspect was identified as Manuel Eliseo Martinez (32 years old), of Escondido. 

See our earlier story for an eyewitness account of the incident.

Martinez was booked into Vista Jail for the following charges: murder, attempted murder, possession of a weapon to commit an assault, carrying a loaded firearm in public, gang member possessing a firearm, possession of a controlled substance for sales, felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and resisting arrest.

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