UPDATE: Suspect charged in shooting death of man found outside NE Salem nightclub 

A Salem man has been charged with shooting and killing a man found dead outside a northeast Salem night club in the early hours of 2024.

Julio C. Sanchez-Sanchez, 36, turned himself in to the Roseburg Police Department Wednesday afternoon, the Salem Police Department said in a news release.

Prosecutors charged him Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court with second-degree murder for the shooting death of 29-year-old Ricardo Lopez-Cruz, according to court records. Lopez-Cruz was found with a gunshot wound outside La Leyenda Nightclub around 3:15 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Sanchez-Sanchez was booked into Douglas County Jail, where he was being held without bail as of Wednesday evening, the jail’s roster showed. Salem police said he will be moved to the Marion County Jail.

Original story below:

Police have identified the man found dead of a gunshot wound outside a northeast Salem nightclub on New Year’s Day as 29-year-old Ricardo Lopez-Cruz. 

The Salem Police Department named Lopez-Cruz in a news release Wednesday afternoon but did not say whether the person suspected of killing him has been arrested.

The agency did confirm the arrest of a Woodburn woman accused of helping the accused shooter hide from authorities.

Prosecutors charged Guadalupe Ortiz-Cervantes, 34, on Wednesday in Marion County Circuit Court with two counts of hindering prosecution.

The charges allege that Ortiz-Cervantes provided the accused shooter with “transportation” and harbored them after shooting to help them avoid being arrested, according to court records.

Ortiz-Cervantes was arrested on Tuesday evening and booked without incident into Marion County Jail, according to the news release. The jail’s roster showed she was being held there as of Wednesday afternoon.

Salem police responded around 3:15 a.m. Monday, Jan. 1 to a report of a person with a gunshot wound in the parking lot of La Leyenda Nightclub, 3260 Portland Rd. N.E., where they found the man dead

The police agency said in its statement that its investigation was still pending and it would not release additional information.


Man found dead with gunshot wound outside NE Salem nightclub

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.