SALEM, Ore. — A man fatally shot two people during a dispute in the parking lot of an Oregon strip mall, police said Monday.
Marcelino Osorio-Jiminez, 35, was arrested near the scene late Sunday and has been charged with two counts of murder, Salem police Lt. Dave Okada said. He has not made an initial court appearance, and it’s unknown if he has a lawyer.
The victims have been identified as Carlos Zepeda-Ponce, 50, and Hector Martinez-Arroyo, 26, both from Salem.
The circumstances that led to the shooting were unclear, but witnesses said two vehicles were parked outside a pool hall, and there was an argument involving a group of men.
Brent McCarthy, who lives across from the strip mall, told the Statesman Journal (https://is.gd/HD7GZk ) he ran to his door when he heard shots. When he opened the door, he saw several flashes of light and another round of gunfire, McCarthy said.
McCarthy said a man dropped the gun and then casually walked past him into the neighborhood. A private security guard followed the man until police arrived.
McCarthy called 911 and walked toward the victims and a bullet-riddled SUV. McCarthy said he checked the pulse of one victim, but he was already dead. The other victim was shot in the face, he said.
“It’s just terrible to think someone could take two lives and just nonchalantly walk away,” McCarthy said.