Police release sketches of suspects in South Tahoe shooting
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — South Lake Tahoe police released composite sketches of two suspects in a Saturday night, Jan. 30, shooting that left an Amador County man dead.
The sketches show two men suspected in a shooting at the Beverly Lodge that killed 40-year-old Dennis Wright Jr. Police believe Wright traveled to South Lake Tahoe with his girlfriend to sell 100 pounds of marijuana. During the sale, the suspects allegedly attempted to rob Wright and his girlfriend at gunpoint for the cash involved. The robbers struggled with Wright and his girlfriend in the parking lot of the motel, and one or both of the suspects fired multiple gunshots, hitting Wright several times, according to a press release from the city. Wright was taken to Barton Memorial Hospital in South Lake Tahoe, where he died of his wounds.
Police describe the first suspect in the shooting as a black man in his late 20s or early 30s who is approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and has black hair worn in braids or dreadlocks. They describe the second suspect as a black man with a light complexion in his late 20s or early 30s who is approximately 5 feet 8 inches tall and 170 pounds; he has black hair with tight curls. The men may be associated with a tan Chrysler Concorde from 2004 or earlier, although “police have a very limited and unconfirmed description of this vehicle,” according to the release.
The South Lake Tahoe Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying and locating the suspects. Police have received assistance from a variety of agencies to question individuals in cities around Northern California who may be connected to this case, according to the release. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call 530-542-6100 or, if anonymity is desired, Lake Tahoe Secret Witness at 530-541-6800.
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