On May 1st, 2023 at approximately 9:37AM, the Bowling Green Police responded to the report of a shooting that occurred inside El Zarape (1616 E. Wooster Street). The victim, Jesus Melendez (26 year of age, Bowling Green), sustained non-life-threatening injuries that were a result of a physical altercation with Antonio Lopez (66 years of age, Bowling Green). The physical altercation occurred after Mr. Lopez produced a handgun and attempted to shoot Mr. Melendez. After the altercation, Mr. Lopez fled the scene.
The Bowling Green Police Division with the help of the Wood County Special Response Team executed a search warrant of Mr. Lopez’s residence at 1556 Clough Street Apartment 23 in Bowling Green. Mr. Lopez was found to be deceased inside the apartment from an apparent gunshot wound. This case remains under investigation. No additional suspects are being sought at this time.