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Second arrest in Vancouver Safeway shooting that killed one person

Vancouver police arrested Austin A. Bell, 21, early Monday morning, the second arrest in the case. Nicholas Martinell-Sterling, 28, was arrested March 14.

VANCOUVER, Wash. — Vancouver police on Monday arrested a second man in connection to a March 11 shooting at a Safeway that left one person dead and three others injured.

At about 5 a.m. Monday, officers from both the Vancouver and Portland police departments took Austin A. Bell, 21, into custody after serving a search warrant at a Southeast Portland home. He was taken to the Multnomah County Jail and is waiting for extradition to Clark County. He faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and drive-by shooting, Vancouver police said.

Bell was the second arrest in the case. On March 14, officers took 28-year-old Nicholas Martinell-Sterling into custody. He was taken to the Clark County Jail and faces multiple charges, including first-degree murder, first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.

On March 11, several men were involved in a confrontation at the Safeway near the intersection of East Mill Plain Boulevard and North Andressen Road around 11:35 p.m. A suspect fired multiple rounds as two of the men were leaving the store, Vancouver police said. As the victims got into a vehicle and drove to a nearby hospital, a suspect continued to fire rounds at the vehicle.

One of the victims, a 28-year-old man, died at the hospital. The Clark County Medical Examiner's Office identified him as Henry Gonzalez Carmona. The medical examiner determined that he died from a gunshot wound and ruled his death a homicide.

The three other victims — a 42-year-old man, a 35-year-old man and a 36-year-old woman — all had gunshot wounds. Vancouver police have not identified them or released further details on their condition.

Vancouver police did not specify whether they are looking for any other suspects in the case.

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