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$2 million bail set for 19-year-old suspect in fatal shooting in east Vancouver

By , Columbian staff reporter

A judge on Friday set $2 million bail for a 19-year-old Vancouver man accused of fatally shooting a 20-year-old man on Nov. 19 in east Vancouver.

Alexandro Bolon Manrero appeared in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of second-degree murder in the death of Josue Lopez Padilla of Vancouver.

During the hearing, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic called the killing “cold and calculated.” Neither Vitasovic nor court records alluded to a motive for the shooting.

Judge Gregory Gonzales doubled the prosecutor’s bail request of $1 million, citing community safety concerns. Bolon Manrero is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 10.

The Vancouver Police Department had responded around 8:30 p.m. to the Beverage Tobacco Zone at 11320 N.E. 49th St., in the North Image neighborhood. A store employee told police he was sitting outside when he heard two gunshots and saw two men run to a car and speed off. He then found a man, later identified as Lopez Padilla, wounded next to the building, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The employee flagged down an ambulance for help. Lopez Padilla was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, where he died from his injuries, the affidavit states.

Surveillance video showed two men — one who was later identified by police as Bolon Manrero — arrive in a car at the Beverage Tobacco Zone and purchase items from the store. Bolon Manrero then exits the store and begins talking with Lopez Padilla, who was standing nearby, court records state.

The video shows the two men “appear to exchange in a cordial greeting, and continue with apparent relaxed conversation. During the continued conversation exchange, there is no obvious disturbance of physical assault/struggle between the victim and the suspect,” the affidavit reads.

Then, two muzzle flashes and a disruption in the air particles can be seen. The shooting was not in view of the camera, according to the affidavit.

Afterward, Bolon Manrero is seen running back to the car and waving for the other man to exit the store, before they drive off, court records state.

Police used the receipts from the men’s purchases at the store before the shooting to identify Bolon Manrero, according to the affidavit. An officer then compared Bolon Manrero’s driver’s license photo with surveillance video and said the photo matched the shooter.

Vancouver police located Bolon Manrero on Thursday with help from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the SW Washington Regional SWAT team, according to a police press release. Details of his arrest were not released or included in court records.

Lopez Padilla was one of six Clark County high school graduates The Columbian profiled in June. He was selected for his perseverance and determination to return to finish credits needed for his high school diploma.

His family has established a GoFundMe page to help defray funeral costs.