Two men shot and killed in Salem parking lot, suspect arrested
35-year-old Marcelino Osorio-Jimenez, of Salem, is facing murder charges after police said he shot two men Sunday night outside a pool hall.
Officers said it happened at just before 11 p.m. in the parking lot of the Heritage Square shopping center near the intersection of Lancaster Drive Northeast and Market Street in Salem.
Witnesses told KATU there were around eight or nine gunshots.
"After he shot one gentleman he came around the car and shot the other one and threw the gun in-between the two cars and just walked off like it was nothing," said a man KATU is calling "Joe." He did not want to publicly reveal is real name.
Another witness KATU is calling "George" wished to remain anonymous as well. He said he and a friend were hanging out on his porch nearby when they heard the shots.
George, an Iraq War veteran, said while his friend called 911, he walked over to the strip mall parking lot to check it out
"One guy that was over here, when I walked up he was still gasping a little bit and I came over to check his pulse. And, uh, there was nothin’ goin’ on with him," George said while standing in the parking lot Monday. "The other person was clearly beyond any kind of help. It was like in the face, kind of.”
Witnesses followed Osorio-Jimenez as he left the parking lot and police were able to quickly take him into custody, according to officers.
He faces two counts of aggravated murder, as well as charges of attempted aggravated murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
Officers said Osorio-Jimenez got into some kind of dispute with the victims before shooting them.
Police identified the victims as 26-year-old Hector Martinez-Arroyo and 50-year-old Carlos Zepeda-Ponce. They said both men were found dead at the scene.
In the parking lot Monday afternoon, two women who did not identify themselves lit candles and laid out flowers near where the men died.
"They did not deserve to go out like this. They were great people. They would do anything for anyone," one of the women said. "They're the kind of people you would never imagine this happening to them."
A family friend created a GoFundMe for Martinez-Arroyo. If you'd like to donate, click here.
Court records show Osorio-Jiminez was previously convicted of resisting arrest in 2008.
He's due in court Tuesday at 3 p.m.
A Salem police spokesman said Monday he could not provide an official count of the number of murders in the city so far this year.
FBI crime statistics show during the first six months of 2016 there were four murders in Salem. From January to June of 2015, there were two. During the first six months of 2014 there were none and from January to June of 2013 there were two.