According to homicide investigators, the two victims were passengers in the van that was driven by a 19-year-old. The three young men were driving near the 2700 block of Lerwick Road when they came upon three subjects who were on-foot. The driver stopped the van and an exchange of words occurred between the two groups. Sometime during the verbal exchange one of the subjects, who was on-foot, produced a handgun and fired multiple shots into the van striking the victims.
After an extensive investigation and follow up on numerous tips from the community, Sheriff’s Homicide detectives arrested Joseph Raymond Buttelo in connection with the murder of Gustavo Lopez. According to investigators, the motive for this homicide was gang related.
Buttelo was arrested at 7:15pm on December 12, 2008 on the 2600 block of Bell Street without incident. Buttelo will be arraigned on Tuesday December 16, 2008 at 1:30 pm in the Sacramento County Main Jail Court, Department 61.
Anyone with additional information about this crime is urged to call Sheriff’s Homicide detectives at (916) 874-5115, or Crime Alert at (916) 443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.00.