Saturday night shooting in restaurant leaves 2 dead, investigation ongoing

1/24 UPDATE: Delaware State Police have released the names of the victims involved in this double homicide.

The victims have been identified as 31-year-old Armando Vicente Chilel Lopez and 28-year-old Honorio Velazquez.

Detectives are currently seeking information on a gray pick-up truck with an extended cab that fled the area after the shooting. Police say this vehicle may have been involved in the incident.

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GEORGETOWN, Del. – Delaware State Police are conducting a double homicide investigation that occurred Saturday night at the El Nopalito Restaurant.

On January 22, 2022, at approximately 7:28 p.m., the Georgetown Police Department and Delaware State Police responded to El Nopalito, located at 22095 DuPont Blvd, Georgetown, Delaware for a report of two people shot at the business.

Police tell us, through the investigation it was learned that a group of Hispanic males had been asked to leave the restaurant earlier in the night due to their disorderly behavior and having a dispute with other patrons. Two of the males that were previously asked to leave returned to the business, both wearing masks. One of the suspects approached a 31-year-old male victim and removed a necklace from his neck. The victim lunged at the suspect that stole the neckless which caused the second suspect to remove a handgun from his waistband and shoot the victim. While the suspects fled the restaurant, the second suspect fired a second-round into the dining area which struck a 28-year-old male victim.

The 28-year-old male sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

The 31-year-old victim was transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased. Identification of the victim is pending notification to the next of kin.

The suspects were described as two Hispanic males.

We’re told the case remains an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Grassi by calling 302-365-8441.

Information may also be provided by calling Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or via the internet at www.delawarecrimestoppers.com.

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