SAN BERNARDINO – Two days after a fatal shooting that killed a San Bernardino man, police arrested a 20-year-old suspect and seek the identification of a second man believed to have taken part in the Saturday afternoon incident.
Kevin Dewayne Jones, Jr., 20, of San Bernardino was arrested after police were able to get the license plate of the car he was driving on Saturday afternoon, March 21.
At 1:38 p.m. police received a “shots fired” call at the Valero gas station at the intersection of 40th Street and Kendall Drive. Sergeant Carl Williams said a second call informed officers that Mark Anthony Garcia, 27, was a victim in the Valero shooting, and had been taken to a residence in the 400 block of West 48th Street, and that the victim would then be taken to the hospital. After being transferred to St. Bernardine’s Hospital, Garcia was pronounced dead at 2:26 p.m.
Garcia was riding in a car driven by Esteban Abarca, 22, of San Bernardino, police reported. Having stopped at the Valero station to get gas, Garcia exchanged words with two black male adults who were parked next to a nearby pump.
When Abarca and Garcia drove away, one of the suspects fired several shots at them, striking the car several times. Garcia was struck by one bullet. During the investigation, detectives obtained the license plate number of Jones’ car, a gray Nissan Maxima. Jones, identified as the driver of the Maxima, was arrested on Sunday night and taken to San Bernardino Jail.
Abarca’s condition was not released. Williams said “Investigators are aware that there were other citizens present at the business when the shooting occurred.” Police are hoping that others will step forward to add details to the crime.
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