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Pair arrested for Lower Valley park triple shooting that resulted in 2 murders

UPDATE, Nov. 24: Two men have been arrested for the Shawver Park murders in the Lower Valley earlier this month, El Paso police announced late Wednesday afternoon.

17-year-old Miguel Angel Marin and 32-year-old Martin Rodriguez, both El Paso Mission Valley residents, have been booked into El Paso County Detention Facility without bond on capital murder charges.

Authorities didn't offer a motive for the shootings that killed two teens and wounded a third.

(Martin Rodriguez and Miguel Angel Marin, charged with murder.)

UPDATE, Nov. 15: El Paso police on Monday released new details about last week's shooting in a Lower Valley park that left two teenagers dead and a third wounded.

But there remained no word of any arrests in the case, which police said remained under investigation.

Detectives said "the 3 victims were sitting in a parked car (in Shawver Park) and were approached by the suspects. The suspects shot multiple times at the victims and fled the scene in a vehicle."

Authorities identified one of the deceased as 18-year-old Steven Lopez of east El Paso, but didn't release the identifies of the other two victims. The other fatality was listed in a police report as a 16-year-old Lower Valley boy, while the injured teen was described as a 14-year-old east El Paso girl.

UPDATE, Nov. 11: An El Paso police official said late Thursday night that two of the three drive-by shooting victims in the Lower Valley's J.P. Shawver Park had died of their injuries. The third victim remained hospitalized from gunshot wounds; no identities were released.

Sgt. Robert Gomez said as of 10 p.m. that no arrests had yet been made and no suspects were currently being detained. He declined to indicate whether authorities had a description of the shooter(s) or their vehicle.

Investigators with EPPD's Crimes Against Persons Unit were in the process of interviewing witnesses, as Gomez noted there were other people in the park at the time of the gunfire.

As to a motive for the drive-by shooting, Gomez told reporters: "We don't know exactly why this occurred, but there's no reason at this time to believe the community is in any danger."

ORIGINAL REPORT, Nov. 11: EL PASO, Texas -- Three people were wounded, two of those victims critically, in a drive-by shooting in the Lower Valley on Thursday evening.

It happened about 6:30 p.m. in the 8100 block of Independence Drive at S. Yarbrough Drive - which is J.P. Shawver Park, located near the Border Highway.

First-responders indicated three shooting victims were taken by ambulances to local hospitals, with two of the three described as having very serious injuries.

A police spokesman said officers at the scene were in the "early stages" of trying to determine exactly what happened and promised a briefing with further updates later in the night.

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.

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  1. Gomez told reporters: “We don’t know exactly why this occurred, but there’s no reason at this time to believe the community is in any danger.” RIGHT! As long as thugs roam loose with guns they’re not allowed to possess, the whole community is in danger. What a doorknob.

  2. The weekend hasn’t even started yet. Why is there so much violence? The weather is beautiful.

    The sad thing is the liberals and the criminals want to refund the police.

  3. Outstanding, law enforcement officers. Now, hold onto them unlike the DA & judges in Waukesha WI. I pray the local judicial system is smarter than them, but I’m not holding my breath. No chum change bail amounts, please, preferably remand!

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