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‘It could’ve been a billion times worse,’ man says after being shot at Dave & Buster’s in Dallas

A man was wounded in a shooting Sunday afternoon at a Dave & Buster’s in northeast Dallas, police said.

Officers were called about 2 p.m. to the arcade and sports bar along North Central Expressway, near Walnut Hill Lane, where two groups of people were fighting inside, police said.

The two groups continued the argument as they went outside, and as they left, one person opened fire and shot someone, police said.

Dr. Carlos Chapa, the victim, said he and his family were at Dave & Buster’s celebrating three family members’ birthdays — including his father’s birthday, which was Sunday.

Chapa and his father were standing just inside the entrance to the building when a man walked past them looking “enraged,” he said.

When he saw the man pull out a gun and cock it, “I shoved my dad as hard as I could,” trying to get him to safety, 42-year-old Chapa said.

The shooter pointed the gun straight down and fired three times at the floor. Chapa felt a burning sensation in his leg, and he suddenly couldn’t move.

He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound through his thigh, he said after he had returned Sunday night to his home in Lewisville.

Dr. Carlos Chapa gives a thumbs-up from a hospital bed after he was wounded Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at a shooting at a Dave & Buster's in Dallas.
Dr. Carlos Chapa gives a thumbs-up from a hospital bed after he was wounded Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at a shooting at a Dave & Buster’s in Dallas.(Carlos Chapa)

Chapa, who described himself as a holistic physician, is the founder and medical director of the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical Center based in Irving, according to the center’s website.

“I have no idea how I’m going to work tomorrow, but I’m going to have to figure it out,” he said, adding that he has a lot of patients to see. “I have no idea, because it took me 10, 15 minutes to get from the car to my couch, but you know what, I’m going to figure it out.”

Chapa, who also served as an active duty corpsman in the U.S. Navy and had spent six years working as an emergency room nurse in hospitals around the Dallas area, said his experience as a patient Sunday was surreal.

He said he didn’t believe he was targeted in the shooting. “Wrong time, wrong place,” he said.

What made him break down at the hospital, he said, was thinking of the fear his nieces and nephew faced during the shooting.

“The worst feeling was not knowing, and then after the fact, my nephews and nieces, they experienced this fear — I wish that on no one,” he said.

Chapa’s brother, Emiliano Chapa, told KTVT-TV (Channel 11) that one of the people involved in the fight told him it began as a dispute over a stuffed animal prize.

“So, I tell him, ‘You’re telling me over some toys, my brother got shot?’” he told KTVT-TV.

Police said one suspect was taken into custody after the shooting. That person’s name has not been released, and police have not specified what charges the suspect will face.

Carlos Chapa said he’d take a leg injury any day, over what could have happened.

“I’m blessed,” he said. “It hurts, but it could’ve been a billion times worse.”

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