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Police looking for couple charged with shooting another couple at upscale apartment complex

Warrant issued for suspected gunman charged with murder

A Salt Lake City police vehicle is pictured at the Matheson Courthouse in Salt Lake City in 2019. salt lake police car, dnstock, salt lake police, police vehicle Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Two people called persons of interest by police in a shooting at the Milagro Apartments now face formal criminal charges.

Lennyn Barrios-Peralta, 22, of Salt Lake City, was charged Wednesday in 3rd District Court with murder and four counts of discharging a firearm causing serious injury, both first-degree felonies. Barrios-Peralta was also charged along with Andrea Martina Velez, 19, of Salt Lake City, with obstructing justice, a second-degree felony.

No bail arrest warrants were issued Wednesday for both suspects.

Just before 4 a.m. Sunday, Salt Lake police were called to the Milagro Apartments, 241 W. 200 South, on a report of shots fired. They arrived to find Miguel Angel Prado, 23, and Jaquelyne Sanudo, 20, with gunshot wounds in the lobby of the high-rise complex.

Prado died from his injuries at a local hospital. Sanudo was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The victims lived together in the apartment complex, according to charging documents, and had invited people over for a party. Surveillance video from the complex recorded both the suspects and victims leaving the apartment just after 3:30 a.m.

“Barrios is seen racking a pistol and pointing it in the direction of the victims’ apartment as he walked backward, still facing them, toward the elevator. He can be seen standing with the gun in his hand by his side,” the charges state.

Another doorbell camera captured Barrios racking the gun while saying, “G money,” the charges state.

Barrios and Velez entered the elevator, followed by Prado going toward Barrios and then Sanudo getting between the two men, according to the charges.

“Video shows a bullet impact the frame of the elevator as the door begins to close,” the charges state.

The elevator door remained closed for a few seconds, then opened with Barrios and Velez running out, and Barrios was still holding a gun, according to the charges. The two then ran down the stairwell and exited the complex.

Police recovered five shell casings in the elevator and four bullets, the charges state.

A woman who told police she drove Barrios and Velez to the party and also picked them up, said Barrios drove her car away from the scene. The woman also claimed Prado was very intoxicated that evening, according to the charges.

Velez called a relative in Nevada after the incident and asked if they could go there because they were scared, the court documents say. The relative said no, and provided police with the phone number she was using.

Police were able to contact Velez on the phone and she claimed she was no longer with Barrios, the charges state. As of Wednesday evening, she had not surrendered to authorities.

Detectives were also able to interview Sanudo, who said the other woman brought Barrios and Velez to her apartment but she didn't really know them.

“Jaquelyne told detectives that she didn’t remember why there was a fight or how the shooting went down,” the charges state. “Jaquelyne said Barrios shot her first and she fell. Barrios then shot Miguel and he fell. She stated she was in fear for her life and pleaded for Barrios to stop but he didn’t.”

Sanudo said Barrios continued to shoot the couple after they were already on the ground, according to the charges. Sanudo was shot three times in the lower back, according to the charges. Prado was shot twice.

On Monday, police named Barios-Peralta and Velez as persons of interest in the case.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the whereabouts of Barrios or Velez is asked to call police at 801-799-3000.