EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Friday afternoon, the El Paso Police Department (EPPD) released details of the fatal shooting that started Thursday night in the parking lot of a westside McDonald’s, and ended backstage at a UTEP auditorium.
EPPD first received the reports of the shooting shortly before 10 p.m., with units rushing to the McDonald’s just south of I-10 on North Mesa. When they arrived they found the victim, only identified as a 22-year-old man, dead.
Officers were tipped off to the suspect’s description thanks to an off-duty officer in the area. As the suspects fled south, EPPD was forced to ask residents of Miner Village and nearby Hospitals to shelter in place, and community members to avoid the area as they searched for the suspects.
Officers from various Regional Commands responded to assist in the search of the suspects, identified as 24-year old Tranquil Card and 22-year old Robron Lewis.
Card and Lewis were found hiding in the stage area of one of the auditoriums at UTEP, and were taken into custody. Detectives from the Crimes Against Persons Unit, and Investigators from the Criminalistics Unit responded to the scene to assist with the investigation.
“The investigation found that the victim had agreed to meet Card and Lewis to sell them marijuana. One of the two men fired a handgun at the victim multiple times and fatally wounded him. The suspects stole the marijuana that the victim was selling.”El Paso Police Department news release
EPPD officials say both Card and Lewis have been charged with Capital Murder.
Judge Penny Hamilton issued a two million dollar bond on Lewis and no bond on Card. Both are booked into the El Paso County Jail.
This is the 25th murder for 2021 as compared to 22 at this time last year.