78-year-old landlord accused of shooting, killing tenants over rent dispute

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Police have arrested a Las Vegas landlord accused of shooting three — and killing two — tenants who were renting rooms in his house, according to authorities.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers on Tuesday responded to reports of a shooting around 12 a.m. on the 200 block of West Chicago Avenue and discovered two adults, one male and one female, with gunshots wounds at the residence. 

Police later found a deceased female shooting victim in the house, and the first female victim eventually succumbed to her injuries.

Arnaldo Lozano-Sanchez, 78, was still inside the residence when authorities arrived, the LVMPD said in a press release. 

Lozano-Sanchez, who apparently lived at the home and was renting out rooms to the victims, opened fire during a dispute over unpaid rent, according to local reports.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Tim Fattig told a judge that the landlord “wanted to handle it, quote-unquote, ‘his way.'” 

The judge decided Lozano-Sanchez should remain jailed without bail pending his arraignment on murder and attempted murder charges in the slayings of two women and the wounding of a man who authorities said was shot nine times.

Lozano-Sanchez “made statements about the victims not paying rent and that he was certainly upset about it,” Fattig said.

200 block of West Chicago Avenue in Las Vegas (Google Maps)

Carlos Gomez, one of Lozano-Sanchez’s tenants, told police the landlord was “smiling and laughing” after he fired his weapon. He added that when another roommate opened a door after shots were fired, Sanchez told that person “he would not be able to run from him anymore,” according to Fox 5 Las Vegas.

Police said they had no immediate information linking the rent dispute with a nationwide eviction moratorium that expired last week but was reinstated for areas with high transmission of COVID-19, including Nevada.

The modified ban from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention faces legal challenges and lasts until Oct 3.

Fattig told the judge that Lozano-Sanchez asked a neighbor to help him dispose of the gun, but police found it in a nearby bush.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the suspect to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521 or via email at [email protected] Those who wish to send an anonymous tip to 702-385-5555.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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