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Former Scottsbluff man killed in Grand Island

April 30, 2019 GMT

Grand Island Police continue to look for a suspect in the shooting death of a 32-year-old man. The man, Vincent Arrellano Jr., is a former Scottsbluff resident.

The Grand Island man was found, wounded, between two four-plex apartments at about 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, April 24. He died at CHI Health St. Francis at 11:46 p.m., according to the Grand Island Independent.

As of Monday, no arrest had been made. On Friday, April 26, Capt. Jim Duering said officers are putting in long hours and making strides in the investigation.

“I think they’re getting close to making a case, but until they’re to that point we just don’t have anything else to release,” Duering said.

When police arrived, Arrellano was between 911 and 917 E. 12th St. He was also close to 1104 Evans St.

Duering can’t say for sure, but he thinks the victim had two bullet wounds. He doesn’t know what kind of firearm was used.

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One of the investigators had worked 30 of the last 48 hours, “so a lot of those reports aren’t even in yet,” Duering said.

Two people have asked Duering about rumors that a little boy was injured in a traffic accident at about the same time. But he doesn’t believe that happened.

“I don’t have anything to indicate that anyone else was injured,” he said.

Asked about a motive for the shooting, Duering noted that the initial police call was for a disturbance.

“So there is reason to believe that something — I don’t know if that was physical or verbal, but something — was going on between the parties involved prior to the shots being fired,” he said.

If no one has bee, arrested, does that mean that the public may be in danger?

“So the short answer to that is yes. We do have a homicide suspect at large, and that does hold with it some measure of concern to the public. With that said, the investigation has shown this was a targeted incident or had some motive leading up to it. It was not a random event.

“So along those lines, I don’t know that the public is in any more danger than they would be on any other day. But we do still have a homicide suspect at large, and I don’t want to downplay that too much. But I don’t think the general public is in any danger of a random homicide event either.”

Funeral services for Arrellano will be held on Thursday, May 2, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. View Arrellano’s obit on starherald.com.