Feud Over Repossessed Vehicle Turns Violent

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2009 - 5:32pm

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:33am

An argument over a car repossession did not end with money exchanged last night. Instead, it may have ended with an exchange of gunfire. One man is recovering now and the other is behind bars.

Brownsville Police say 27-year-old, Daniel Morales, shot at 35-year-old, Julio Cesar Cárdenas, with a 9 millimeter handgun but an assault rifle was also used in last night's shooting. Cardenas was shot once in the leg and had to be transported to Valley Baptist Medical Center for treatment.

According to police, Morales wanted the money he had given Cárdenas as a deposit for the vehicle he purchased. But when Cárdenas refused to, Morales pulled out the gun and shot at him multiple times.

“Cardenas sold a 2002 Yukon to Morales months ago. Morales gave him $500 as a deposit and he promised to make some payments on that vehicle.”

Another weapon was used, a 7.62 caliber assault rifle.

“We don't know yet who exactly was firing that weapon but we are investigating the possibility of exchange or someone at the home with Morales.”

Morales was charged with “Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.” His bond was set at $75,000.

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