HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) –
at a Terrible Herbst filling station in Henderson has admitted to murder, but did not eliminate the worker he was targeting.
Rafael Valdez, 22, is scheduled to be in court on April 18. He has not pleaded guilty. [RELATED: Police: Henderson gas station employee shoots 3 of his coworkers, killing 1] Among the three shooting victims died. Zachary Ragusa, 18, was a smog specialist. Liked ones held a vigil for Ragusa and described him as the
type of person who was pals with everybody. They might not comprehend why anyone would shoot him.” I’m still waiting on his silly Snapchat or a silly text, “pal Dominic Merten said.” My eyes burn from weeping so much.”
Officers said when Valdez confessed, he stated he was not targeting Ragusa. Rather, he was attempting to murder another coworker, a 16-year-old kid who was likewise shot but survived.
“Rafael confessed that on today’s date he brought his Ruger 9mm pistol to work to kill (the 16-year-old),” composed Officer Dennis Ozawa in his report. “Rafael stated that he sensed that people were going to ‘screw’ him over at work.”
Authorities stated Valdez informed them he brought the weapon to work that morning in a backpack. Valdez also confessed to attempting to carjack a minimum of 3 separate people after the shooting.
“Rafael ran up Sundown Road and through the parking lot … and pointed his pistol at a guy and aimed to take his automobile to drive to the police headquarters and turn himself in,” the report read.
Employees who spoke to FOX5 the day of the shooting had nothing but favorable things to state about everybody involved, even Valdez. They said they thought he was pals with the victims.
“He’s not like that. He listens. He cares. There’s no way,” said one female, who asked not to be determined. “No. This does not make any sense. I can’t. It’s like my mind is blank.”
The 16-year-old victim is still in the medical facility however was launched from ICU on Tuesday. His daddy said the healing procedure will be long.
The third victim, a 22-year-old who was shot in the arm and in the jaw, has been released.
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