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Victim, suspect in Fargo movie theater shooting had past with same woman

Felipe Estrada

FARGO - An attempted murder charge is expected to be filed today against a suspect accused in a shooting outside a movie theater Sunday injuring two men, police said Monday.

Police arrested a 44-year-old Dilworth man, Felipe Estrada, near Horace, N.D., an hour after the 4:15 p.m. shooting in the parking lot just southeast of the West Acres 14 Cinema.

The two Fargo men hurt were Juan Carlos Garza, 42, who was shot at least twice in the torso, and Charles David Roskom, 32, who suffered a head laceration, police Lt. Joel Vettel said.

Though police wouldn't discuss a possible motive, relatives of Estrada and court records indicate a Dilworth woman who is an ex-wife of Garza had dated Estrada recently.

The suspect's son, who is also named Felipe Estrada, said he's not sure if there had been any disagreement between his father and the ex-girlfriend.

"The only person who knows what happened is those two," the son said.

The medical conditions of Garza and Roskom weren't known Monday. Both were taken by ambulance to Essentia Health on Sunday.

Police were releasing few details Monday about what prompted the altercation. Vettel did say all three men knew each other well and the dispute stemmed from a relationship issue.

Records in Clay County District Court show Garza and DeShawn Stodola were divorced in November 2006, and Estrada's daughter-in-law, Guadalupe Estrada, said Monday that Stodola and the shooting suspect were dating before breaking up a few months ago.

Vettel said investigators believe multiple shots were fired, at least four - including one that hit a window at the entrance to the theater and another that struck the windshield of a van in the parking lot.

Roskom's head injuries weren't from a bullet. They were caused by blunt force in a "physical scuffle that happened at some point" in the altercation, Vettel said.

Officers were on scene at the theater until about

2 a.m. Monday reconstructing the incident. The theater was closed Sunday but opened again Monday. A theater manager declined to comment Monday.

Police think the shooting involved only one handgun and a handgun was recovered, Vettel said. No tests on the handgun have been completed yet, he said.

Vettel said prosecutors told him Estrada will likely face one count of attempted murder linked to Garza's injuries, one count of aggravated assault and two felony counts of reckless endangerment.

Gary Euren, an assistant Cass County state's attorney handling the case, said Monday afternoon charges would be filed either late in the day Monday or early today, when Estrada is expected to be arraigned.

Court records showed no charges were filed against Estrada on Monday.

A message left for Estrada at the Cass County Jail wasn't returned Monday.

Estrada and Stodola both live in trailer parks on the west side of Dilworth, each residing on opposing sides of Highway 10, Guadalupe Estrada said.

Estrada worked roofing and siding jobs as a contractor, and though he was a strict disciplinarian, he didn't seem to be violent, his daughter-in-law said.

Attempts on Monday to contact Stodola were not successful.