In less than 32 hours detectives have arrested and charged the shooter accused of murdering Christian Sanchez.
Fernando Vargas, 18, is charged with murder, a first-degree felony, and is currently at the Putnam County Jail.
According to witnesses Vargas and a 16-year-old were playing basketball at Willard F. Hazen Memorial Park in Pomona Park when they saw Sanchez arguing with his girlfriend. A verbal altercation occurred between Vargas and Sanchez. Vargas, carrying a shotgun, and the female walked away from the park to retrieve her vehicle from Sanchez’s home on Keown Avenue. As they were walking along the street, Sanchez followed in his vehicle, encountering Vargas and the female. Another argument ensued between Vargas and Sanchez. Vargas then shot Sanchez who was still sitting in his car.
Following the shooting Vargas fled the area. Witnesses attempted to administer CPR to Sanchez until medical personnel could arrive. Despite attempts to administer life-saving techniques, Sanchez died at the scene. The medical examiner on Tuesday determined Sanchez died from a gunshot wound.
Tuesday afternoon detectives made contact with the juvenile. The juvenile is not being charged with any crime at this time and has cooperated in the investigation. Contact was made with Vargas Tuesday evening at his residence in Pomona Park. Vargas was arrested and taken to the Putnam County Jail. He is currently being held without bond.