COQUILLE — Court documents filed in Sunday morning's fatal shooting at the North Bend Community Center paint a grisly picture of a birthday party gone bad.
According to a probable cause statement filed by Sgt. Michael Kuehn of the North Bend Police Department, Miguel Alejandro Iniguez was arrested after he went shopping for a disguise at Walmart in blood-spattered clothes.
Iniguez, 29, was arraigned Monday afternoon in Coos County Circuit Court on a single count of murder in connection with the shooting.
Dispatchers first took a call of a fight and shots fired at the community center about 1:15 a.m.
A birthday party — referred to in the affidavit as a “quinceanera,” a coming-of-age celebration for 15-year-old Latina girls — was being held in the building and had drawn a number of people to the community center’s grounds.
The first North Bend officers on the scene found the as-yet-unidentified victim lying in the back parking lot, a pool of blood growing from a gunshot wound to the back of his head.
One live round and one spent casing of .45 ACP ammunition lay next to him.
Bystanders told officers the victim had been arguing with a woman when a bald man with tattoos on his head ran up and pulled a gun.
At some point in the altercation, the gun went off and the victim fell to the ground.
The suspect fled on foot.
“The shooting was witnessed by several people,” Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier said. “By the time I got there they had (Iniguez’s) first and middle name.”
Iniguez is heavily tattooed, with the word “Reyes” (Spanish for "Kings") inked on the back of his head and “So Cal” high on his forehead.
According to the affidavit, the former tattoo was identified by one of the witnesses.
Frasier said he can’t and couldn’t say if Iniguez has gang affiliations, but he doesn’t believe the suspect or the victim knew each other prior to the fatal encounter.
North Bend police put out an attempt-to-locate bulletin with the suspect’s description, and were quickly joined by Coos County sheriff’s deputies, Oregon State Police and officers from the Coos Bay Police Department.
Detectives from the South Coast Interagency Narcotics Team also took part in the investigation.
About 7:20 a.m., a woman at Walmart called saying a suspicious man in bloody clothes had bought new clothes and changed into them in the store’s bathroom.
When a North Bend officer went to the store to pick up the bloody clothes, he found Iniguez — dressed in the new outfit the woman described.
Police took him into custody without incident.
The district attorney said Iniguez, who is believed to be from southern California, was living with friends in the area and had recently gotten a job.
A man he had been staying with called police after the shooting to say that Iniguez had been at the party with him and was now missing.
Also missing was a Vega 1911 .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol belonging to the man’s father.
A Coos Bay police K-9 eventually tracked and found a pistol of that make and caliber two blocks away from the community center.
Frasier said investigators believe that gun is the murder weapon, and are running tests on it.
“We have a bit of a problem with the victim in that we’re still not entirely sure who he is,” he said.
While one of the witnesses told police she knew the deceased by one name, the man was carrying identification belonging to someone else.
When a police officer went to serve a next-of-kin notification at the address on that ID, the presumed victim opened the door.
Frasier credited interagency cooperation with Iniguez’s speedy arrest.
“This is a perfect example of how this is supposed to work,” he said. “The statistics show that if you don’t identify the suspect within 72 hours, the chances (of catching them) go way down.”
A grand jury will meet Friday and is expected to hand down an indictment officially charging Iniguez with murder.
He’s scheduled for formal arraignment on that indictment July 22.