A Las Vegas homeowner accused of shooting three live-in tenants after an argument over unpaid rent told police he didn’t want to go through an eviction proceeding and wanted to handle things “his way," a prosecutor told a judge on Wednesday.
Arnoldo Lozano-Sanchez “made statements about the victims not paying rent and that he was certainly upset about it,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Tim Fattig said.
The prosecutor revealed that another tenant, a man, was in the house during the shooting but was not shot. The man was not identified by name.
That witness described for police Lozano-Sanchez going into a bedroom, a woman pleading for her life, multiple gunshots, and the man who was shot nine times emerging and running “for his life," Fattig said.
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“He also saw the defendant exit that bedroom, smiling,” the prosecutor said.
The judge ordered the 78-year-old Lozano-Sanchez to remain jailed without bail on murder and attempted murder charges pending another court appearance next Monday.
Lozano-Sanchez was arrested early Tuesday at his small pink home after police found one woman dead outside, the man who had been shot nine times coming out the door and a woman dead in a bedroom.
The wounded man was hospitalized but is expected to survive, police said.