Suspect in Dayton shooting captured in Reno
A shooting suspect who was last seen on foot in Gardnerville on Monday night was taken into custody in Reno on Tuesday afternoon.
Malik Avila, 17, was being sought in connection with the fatal shooting of a man at the Dayton Smith’s store at about 9:10 p.m. Monday.
A manhunt for Avila wrapped up 1 p.m. Tuesday after emergency dispatchers reported he was in custody in Reno.
Douglas investigators followed up on tips ranging from the apparel department at the Gardnerville Walmart to the neighborhood behind Ironwood in Minden.
Lyon County authorities said the shooting happened in the parking lot on Pine Cone Road in Dayton.
“Arriving deputies found a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds and rendered immediate first aid,” Lyon information officer Michael Carlson said. “Care Flight was called in to transport the victim. However, he was declared deceased before he could be transported.”
Lyon County Sheriff’s personnel said the shooting suspects fled the scene in an older model Jaguar.
A Douglas deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car traveling down Douglas Avenue near Mill Street in Gardnerville.
Sheriff’s spokeswoman Sgt. Bernadette Smith said the deputy turned around and spotted the Jaguar in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church standing outside.
When the deputy pulled up, someone identified as Avila fled south.
“The person who remained was interviewed by Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators and determined not to be involved in the homicide,” Smith said. “He was subsequently released. The Jaguar was towed.”
Smith said deputies searched the area where Avila was last seen for six hours without finding him.
Anyone with information about what happened on Monday is asked to call 775-463-6620, or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900, and refer case No. 18LY02021.