Brothers arrested in teenager’s shooting death
Two brothers were arrested in the Carson City shooting death of an 18-year-old in what has been characterized as a marijuana deal gone wrong.
Carson City resident Grant Watkins was identified as the man killed in the incident that occurred at Blackwell’s Pond Park at 12:39 a.m. Monday.
Carson City Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of shots fired at around the same time they were told that a man arrived at Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound.
Sheriff Ken Furlong said Watkins’s friend was at the shooting’s location and drove Watkins to the hospital. Watkins was in critical condition and transported to Renown Medical Center by CareFlight, but died at 2:09 a.m. at the hospital.
Furlong said investigators believe Watkins and his friend met with Jesus Garcia-Manriquez, 18, and Allen Garcia-Manriquez, 19, at the park, at Windridge Drive near Scotch Pine Drive for a drug transaction.
Furlong said though the shooting occurred in the Northridge neighborhood, the incident was not centered there, it was just used as a meeting spot. He said that there is no threat to any surrounding schools or homes. None of the persons involved in this incident were residents of the residential area, and the nearby public park was not a determining factor.
The incident occurred because Watkins was attempting sell 3 ounces of marijuana to the Garcia brothers, which Furlong said holds a street value of about $400. Witnesses said both suspects were carrying weapons at the time of the transaction, though officials have not been able to determine that. No weapons have been recovered, but based on shell casings found at the scene, investigators believe both suspects had semi-automatic handguns. It is believed that one or both suspects fired about four times.
“This was an arranged buy and for whatever reason it went south and erupted immediately into a shooting,” Furlong said. “The victim and suspects knew of each other.”
Investigators were able to identify the suspects, and working with Nevada Highway Patrol and Juvenile Probation, they were able to place surveillance on their residence, an apartment building on the 900 block of 5th Street, across from Harbin Street. All other residents were evacuated by police and traffic was blocked on Saliman Road, 5th Street and Harbin Street.
SWAT was able to make entry into the apartment around 8:30 a.m., using an explosive breech. Three persons of interest were detained without incident from the apartment, the two brothers and a female.
All three were questioned by detectives, though officials said the brothers were being uncooperative with police. The 17-year-old female was released to her parents.
A search of the apartment allowed detectives to retrieve $10,000 in cash, assorted drug paraphernalia and weights/packing materials.
The Garcia brothers were charged with principal to murder and maintaining a drug house. Their bail was set at $250,000 each. Jesus Garcia was also arrested on an unrelated juvenile probation violation warrant with no bail.
The investigation is still ongoing and active and anyone with information should contact the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 775-887-2014. Reporting persons may remain anonymous.