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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Drug deal gone wrong leads to three people shot at Oklahoma Walmart

Occurred June 2, 2014.
Scene of shooting at Tulsa Walmart (source)

(UPDATED -- See below)

Eric Santeliz, 20, met two other men in a car in the parking lot of a Walmart store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for a drug deal.  He intended, instead, to rob the men.

But the other men pulled out a gun and shot Santeliz, wounding him.  Santeliz returned fire, killing one of the men and injuring another.

Police responded and took the survivors to the hospital, taking Santeliz into custody.

From an article:
One suspect was arrested at approximately 4:15 a.m. Tuesday morning. Eric Santeliz, 20, reportedly told officers that he had arranged the narcotics transaction knowing that he did not have enough money to complete the transaction.
Santeliz said he planned to rob the victim. When the subjects were in the vehicle about to make the drug transaction, the victim and another person inside the vehicle reportedly pulled out a gun. The victim shot Santeliz and as he exited the vehicle, and then the victim was shot and killed, the police report states.
Tulsa police detectives say the gun shots were exchanged inside a dark colored Nissan Altima.
Responding officers evacuated the store after reports that the shooter may have gone inside. The store was shut down until investigators were able to clear the scene. One shopper told KTUL that there was no loud P-A system announcement.
Two handguns were found in the parking lot near several cars.
The victim died after being shot in the head and taken to St. John's hospital. The other shooting victims were taken to Saint Francis Hospital after one was shot in the leg and the other was shot in the arm.
This is the 20th homicide of the year in Tulsa.
Tulsa Walmarts have seen other gun crimes since 2012, including a robbery in May, 2013, and a drunk shooting up the parking lot in July, 2012.

Walmart.  Save money.  Die faster.

UPDATE (6/18/14):  More details on the shooting, during the charging of the two suspects:
Eric Joel Silvar-Santeliz and Cody Case were charged in Tulsa County District Court with first-degree felony murder in the slaying of Santos Lopez. The two also are charged with attempted robbery with a firearm.  ....
Police believe that Silvar-Santeliz and Case acted together to rob Lopez, 25, of methamphetamine, court records indicate. They threatened to harm him if he resisted and ultimately killed him with a 9-mm handgun, police and prosecutors allege.