Man arrested in shooting that killed 46-year-old

Police arrested a man Thursday night suspected of a multiple shooting that left one man dead and another wounded.

An argument about drugs involving four men escalated when Elias Ramirez-Lopez, 29, shot two men as they tried to flee about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday near Lynnwood Street and Karen Avenue, police said.

Ramirez-Lopez and another man were arguing with Angela Killen while she tried to buy drugs from them, according to the police report. As Ramirez-Lopez and the other man argued with Killen, Jeffrey Craig Hand, 46, and Javier Rodriguez, 41, came to her aid.

Hand had given Killen money to buy the drugs, according to police.

As the fight ensued, Ramirez-Lopez went to his nearby apartment and returned with a gun. Rodriguez saw the gun and told everyone to run, according to the police report.

As everyone ran, Ramirez-Lopez shot at Hand and Rodriguez, police said.

Rodriguez ran until he collapsed in a convenience store parking lot in the 500 block of East Sahara Avenue. He is expected to survive, police have said.

Hand was found dead in an apartment in the 2500 block of Lynnwood Street from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the coroner’s office.

Ramirez-Lopez was arrested about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and faces charges of murder, attempted murder and battery with a deadly weapon.

Police and community activists will host a “Stop the Violence” rally in the wake of Hand’s death at 6 p.m. Friday at 2575 Van Patten Street, near Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road.

“After an incident like this, temperatures are high and so is fear,” Sergeant Redell Moore said in a press release. “We are here to empower neighbors and stop the cycle of violence by encouraging vigilance.”

Steven Slivka contributed to this report. You can follow him on Twitter @StevenSlivka.


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