Man charged with capital murder after shooting near Trussville

HICA calling on victims to come forward

TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) -A 32-year-old man is charged with capital murder and attempted murder following a double shooting near Trussville.

Jefferson County Sheriff’s detectives and Trussville police responded to the shooting on Service Road Monday night. Deputies found 39-year-old Arnulfo Ortega on the floor of a business suffering from a gunshot wound. He died Wednesday morning.

Authorities say Ortega was going to buy a car from Walter Juskiewicz a co-worker, but Juskiewicz showed up and began shooting at the victims. Ortega was hit, but another person was able to escape. Detectives were able to locate and interview the 2nd victim.

After reviewing the evidence with the District Attorney’s Office, Juskiewicz was arrested and charged with capital murder in the death of Ortega and attempted murder on the second victim.

There is no bond on the capital murder charge and a $50,000 bond on the attempted murder charge.

Deputies say a second victim survived the shooting but was reluctant to talk to investigators because he's in the country illegally. The Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama tells us your immigration status shouldn’t play a role if you see or are a victim of a crime.

"There's certainly concern and fear around the ICE question and that brings about certain reluctance to report crimes. I think that we of course would like to see less cooperation if at all possible with ICE and that's our desire,” Carlos Aleman, Deputy Director of HICA said.

Last year a report by the American Civil Liberties Union says President Trump’s immigration crackdown shows fear of deportation is stopping a lot of immigrants from reporting crimes and taking part in court proceedings.

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