Spokane police have arrested two gang members, who have been connected to murders in the past, for a fatal shooting outside The Hop bar Sunday.
Officers arrested 25-year-old Carlos Fuentes and 23-year-old Kalen Bedford Wednesday night for the murder of Julian Morrison.
On Thursday they made their first court appearance on the charge of first degree murder. Court documents reveal the incident started Sunday night inside The Hop. Witnesses say Carlos Fuentes bumped into Morrison. They stated their rival gang affiliations to each other, but nothing happened until minutes later in the parking lot. That's where a number of witnesses saw Bedford shoot Morrison a number of times.
Bedford and Fuentes then drove off with Fuentes shooting into the air.
14 bullet casings were found at the scene.
"They are dangerous people we believe and we're happy that they were apprehended quickly," Spokane Police Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.
Bedford and Fuentes have lengthy criminal histories.
Fuentes pleaded guilty to second degree murder in a drug deal gone bad when he was 15 and was released when he turned 21.
Bedford was wanted in connection to the murder at the Quality Inn in November of 2011.
Police say their gang affiliations haven't made interviewing witnesses any easier.
"Investigations that involve gang crimes and gang-related crimes are particularly difficult. Witnesses are fearful, they are not always forthright," said Spokane Police Captain Dan Torok.
Wednesday afternoon detectives learned the names of the suspects and arrested the men within six hours.
The two suspects are being held on $1 million bail.