A Las Vegas landlord accused of shooting dead two female tenants and critically injuring a man in a dispute over unpaid rent allegedly said he’d “handle it his way” instead of trying to evict them.
Arnoldo Lozano Sanchez, 78, shot the three victims inside his home early Wednesday after an argument broke out regarding the rent, police say.
The landlord, who also lived at the home, allegedly laughed and smiled as he opened fire on the victims in their rooms, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
It is not clear how much rent the tenants owed.
Police say a witness told them Sanchez had become enraged about the unpaid rent in the days leading up to the shooting spree.
When the witness told Sanchez to try to evict the tenants through the court system, Sanchez allegedly said he would “handle it his way.”
Another tenant inside the home at the time of the shooting told police that he heard the two female victims scream as multiple gunshots rang out.
The tenant said he heard Sanchez tell the male victim that “he would not be able to run from him anymore.”
Police found one of the female victims dead on the driveway when they arrived.
The injured man came stumbling out of the home suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to police.
They later found the other woman’s body inside the home.
A gun was found stashed under a bush outside the house.
Sanchez, who is charged with murder and attempted murder, has been denied bail.
During a brief court appearance, Sanchez told the judge: “I don’t know what I’m being accused of.”
Prosecutors argued Sanchez had a clear motive.
“He clearly wasn’t just trying to scare or batter these victims, but to kill them,” Chief Deputy District Attorney Tim Fattig told the court.