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Karaoke song leads to fatal shooting in Houston restaurant, say cops

Album cover from the band "Los Tigres del Norte"

(CBS) HOUSTON - Police say a man was shot and killed early Monday in a southwest Houston restaurant after another patron objected to his karaoke song choice.

The shooting occurred at Ostioneria Mazatlan around 2 a.m., according to a Houston Police Department news release. 

Police said after the victim finished singing "Somos mas Americanos," which means "We Are More American," an argument began over the selection, reports CBS affiliate KHOU.

"Apparently the choice of music caused an altercation, which led to the shooting at this location," Sgt. J.J. Wilson, HPD Homicide reportedly said.

According to local station KPRC, a restaurant employee said after the victim sang, he gave a shout out to his hometown of Guerrero, Mexico.

"(The shooter) told him to shut up (and said) 'Why are you screaming the name of that town?'" the employee reportedly said. "(The victim) said, 'Why? It's my town.'"

Police say the victim was shot one time in the head, and pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspected shooter, an unknown Hispanic male, fled the restaurant with three other males and jumped into a red Chevrolet pickup truck, police said. Two females sitting at the suspect's table also left the restaurant and fled in a green Nissan Pathfinder before officers arrived. The police news release identifies the suspected shooter as an unknown Hispanic male. 

"Somos Mas Americanos" is sung by the popular Latin band Los Tigres del Norte. According to the Pocono Record the song includes lyrics which translate to English as, "I want to remind the gringos: I didn't cross the border, the border crossed me. America was born free, but men divided it."

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