Man arrested in Cedar Park drive-by shooting, victim identified


CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — A man police believe is connected to a drive by shooting that killed a man in Cedar Park Saturday was arrested in Houston Monday.

Jose Ivan Aviles Loza, 26, was taken into custody around 9 p.m. and faces a murder charge.

“At this point, the investigation leads us to believe the suspect(s) and deceased passenger were known to each other,” Cedar Park police wrote Monday. “This was not a random act of violence and there does not appear to be an ongoing threat to the general public.”

Police say Loza shot at two people in a car at the intersection of East Whitestone Boulevard and US Highway 183A at approximately 6 a.m. Fernando Chaparro Lopez, 22, died.

Cedar Park shooting Saturday, August 3. (KXAN Photo / Todd Bynum)

According to police, the victims’ vehicle was approaching the intersection when another vehicle, which police say Loza was driving, drove up to the victims, fired several rounds, then drove off.

Lopez was found dead inside the vehicle at the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries for emergency surgery. He is currently recovering.

The investigation is actively exploring “all avenues,” according to police, though they believe that there is not any immediate danger to the public.

Investigators say they believe Lopez and the suspect knew each other.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call Lt. Larry Bond at 512-260-4766.

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