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Corpus Christi Police Arrest Suspect in 2012 Shooting Homicide

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It was a case that had gone cold, but after almost a year of investigating, police say they now have the alleged gunman in a deadly shooting that happened in December of last year.

The shooting claimed the life of 29-year old Patrick Brailey. His mother is relieved that someone has finally been caught; but still, she said, it won't bring Patrick back.

Police arrested 36-year old Bacilio Rudy Hernandez on Tuesday, a known gang member who police now say is the man who fired the bullet that killed Patrick.

It was Dec. 15, 2012, at the Smokin Waves Hookah Lounge in the 500 block of Water Street, when Brailey was shot and killed. A disturbance had broken out, causing a crowd to form. Police say Hernandez walked away and fired a shot into the crowd, striking Patrick. He was rushed to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Patrick's mother said the latest developments have brought back a lot of emotions for her family.

"He simply was going across the street to put his girlfriend's coat in the car, and he was hit a bullet from the two gangs that were arguing and turned into gun fire," said Margaret Brailey, Patrick's mother. "December the 15th, 2012. We're not dealing with it, we're learning to live with the pain."

Detectives worked the homicide case throughout the year, and were finally able to identify Hernandez. He was arrest by officers in the Corpus Christi Police Department's Gang Unit on Tuesday in the 400 block of Hiawatha.

Hernandez was booked in the City Detention Center and charged with murder. He is being held on a $1 million bond.

The hookah lounge where it all happened has since closed its doors.

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