Fla. double homicide suspect arrested in Charlotte Saturday morning

08/09/2014 3:17 PM

08/09/2014 3:24 PM

A suspect in a shooting on Tuesday that left two people dead and seriously wounded a third near Orlando, Fla., was arrested Saturday morning in Charlotte, according to federal authorities.

David Junior Lopez was found at a residence on Marlowe Avenue and was being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail, the U.S. Marshals Service reported.

Authorities said Lopez, 32, is wanted in Orlando for outstanding warrants charging him with two counts of first-degree murder along with one count of attempted murder.

An Orlando television station is reporting that another suspect in the case was arrested near Orlando on Friday night after a 10-hour standoff.

An investigation by U.S. marshals from the Western District of North Carolina, along with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, revealed Lopez was in the Mecklenburg County area after his vehicle was located Friday evening, authorities said.

After further investigation and several interviews, the U.S. Marshals Service Violent Offender Task Force assisted by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team, located and arrested Lopez. The task force is a fugitive apprehension team consisting of officers from the Marshals Service, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office, CMPD and the N.C. Department of Public Safety.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that a 27-year-old woman and 32-year-old man were shot to death at an apartment complex on Tuesday. Another woman who survived the shooting was in serious condition at a local hospital, according to the paper.

Authorities said the shooting was not a random act, the Sentinel reported. And WESH-TV reported that another man connected to the shooting, 29-year-old James Stewart, was taken into custody late Friday night after allegedly barricading himself in a home in eastern Orange County.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office declined to discuss a motive for the shootings Saturday.

Staff writer Steve Lyttle contributed.

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