Police: Teen accused in deadly shooting 'thought it was cool to shoot a person'
(From left to right) David Damus, 20, Juan Sebastian Muriel, 20, Victoria Rios, 17, and Konrad Schafer, 15.
Kissimmee police detectives and members of the Central Florida Metal Detecting Club and Treasure Coast Archeological Society returned to the scene where David Guerrero was shot.
.45 Hi Point carbine rifle belonging to Lothar Hans Shafer Jr.
A .45 caliber shell casing was recovered at the scene where David Guerrero was shot
OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
Four people, including two juveniles, have been arrested in connection with a string of shootings throughout Osceola County during the past few weeks, two of them deadly.
David Damus, 20; Juan Sebastian Muriel, 20; Victoria Rios, 17; and Konrad Schafer, 15, were taken into custody early Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Investigators think the four are tied to a fatal home invasion in Poinciana last week, and detectives said the same gun used in that home invasion was used to shoot and kill a Kissimmee teenager as he walked to a bus stop last month.
The arrests were announced at a joint news conference held by the Osceola County Sheriff's Office, Kissimmee Police Department, St. Cloud Police Department, Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
One of the shooting victims, Eric Roopnarine, 22, died from a gunshot wound at his home at 904 Mendoza Lane in Poinciana on the morning of July 4. Roopnarine's mother told detectives that she returned to their house around 1:30 a.m. and found her son lying on the floor unresponsive. Police said he died at the scene. They think robbery was the motive.
A second murder victim, David Guerrero, 17, was fatally shot as he was walking along Central Avenue toward a bus stop on Columbia around 6 a.m. June 26. A witness told police he saw a car drive by and then saw Guerrero's body on the side of road. Guerrero was rushed to a hospital, where he died.
During the weekend, a .45-caliber shell casing was recovered at the scene where Guerrero was shot and processed by FDLE agents. Forensics investigators said they found a ballistics match for other .45 casings located throughout Osceola County, St. Cloud and Kissimmee during the recent shooting spree. The gun used to fire the bullets was later identified as a .45 Hi-Point carbine rifle.
"That weapon, we knew from early on, was very unique type of firearm," Kissimmee Police Chief Lee Massie said.
Detectives visited gun shops and learned that a rifle had been purchased on June 24 by Lothar Hans Shafer Jr., who was accompanied by his son, Konrad. Detectives located Lothar at his home, and he confirmed he owned the rifle and consented to having the weapon processed for ballistics.
Detectives were then able to match the gun to the bullet casings.
Damus is charged with accessory to murder in Guerrero's death. Schafer is charged with first-degree murder in both the deaths of Roopnarine and Guerrero. Police said Schafer admitted to killing Guerrero.
"He just drove around and randomly picked targets, thought it was cool to shoot a person, so he eventually made that decision," Massie said.
Investigators said Rios and Muriel are charged with first-degree murder in connection with the fatal home invasion, along with Schafer and Damus.
Detectives think Schafer and Damus are connected to at least five shooting incidents reported in unincorporated Osceola, which included two occupied residences, two unoccupied residences and one unoccupied vehicle. Additional charges are pending for these incidences.
All four suspects are expected to have a first appearance before an Osceola judge Wednesday morning.