Suspect arrested in murder of two Tuesday in Reno; third victim critical
BY STEVE TIMKO • STIMKO@RGJ.COM • JUNE 11, 2008
A Reno man was arrested after a Tuesday evening shooting at a Neil Road park that killed two and critically injured a third, the Reno Police Department said.
An estimated 200 to 500 people were gathered at Miguel Ribera Park when the shooting occurred at about 6:07 p.m., police said.
Juan Irad Jarred Marquez-DeSantiago, 21, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon and one count of battery with a deadly weapon causing substantial bodily harm, police said. Marquez-DeSantiago is being held without bail in the Washoe County jail.
Police said two rival groups of males met in the 900 block of Virbel Lane off Neil Road and got into a verbal confrontation. At some point Marquez-DeSantiago pulled out a hand gun and began shooting and his bullets struck three, police said.
When police arrived they found one 16-year-old boy dead on the found in a field west of the park grounds between the park and U.S. 395. A 15-year-old boy was found in the park and taken to the hospital for treatment where he remains in critical condition after undergoing emergency surgery, police said.
A 17-year-old boy was found in the 900 block of Virbel Lane a block east of the park and he was also taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said.
The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin, police said.
Marquez-DeSantiago was identified as the shooter after investigation by homicide detectives and Regional Gang Unit detectives, police said. He was taken to the Reno Police Department and interviewed.
Police ask anyone who has information relevant to this case to contact the Reno Police Department Robbery/Homicide Unit at 334-2115 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.