LAS VEGAS (KLAS/AP) — Las Vegas police say a rent dispute led to a shooting that left two women dead and a man critically injured early Tuesday morning.
According to the arrest report for 79-year-old Arnoldo Lozano-Sanchez, a witness told police Lozano was angry about the occupants who rented rooms in his home not paying the rent. When the witness suggested Lozano got to court to evict the renters, Lozano told him he would “handle this his way.”
The shooting was reported around 12:23 a.m. near The STRAT, in the 200 block of Chicago Way, near Industrial Road and Wyoming Avenue.
Lozano-Sanchez lived in the home and rented it to various people. One of the roommates, Carlos Gomez, told police he heard several gunshots and when he opened his door and looked in the hallway he saw Lozano-Sanchez “smiling and laughing.” According to the report, Gomez said when another roommate opened their door, Lozano-Sanchez told that person “he would not be able to run from him anymore” and then there were more gunshots.
When police arrived at the house, they found one woman dead outside the home and encountered a man with nine gunshot wounds coming out of the home.
Officers found a second woman dead inside the residence after Lozano-Sanchez was taken into custody. He refused to talk with the police and requested an attorney.
“This shouldn’t have happened,” said Myron, a neighbor who declined to give his last name. “There are easier ways to settle a dispute.”
Myron said he knew Lozano-Sanchez.
“The guy was nice,” said Myron. “He came around my building all the time. I never thought he would do something that insane.”
The report said police found the murder weapon in a bush about one block from the crime scene.
Lozano-Sanchez is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday at 9 a.m.