A 29-year-old man suspected of shooting and killing a man in Hemet is expected to be arraigned on a murder charge Monday afternoon.
Kelvin Smith of Hemet was arrested Tuesday after deputies received a report at 5:58 a.m. of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 26400 block of Columbia Street, according to Sgt. Ben Ramirez of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputies arrived to find the victim, 35-year-old Gabriel Lozano, suffering from a gunshot wound outside the residence. Lozano was taken to a hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery but died from his wounds.
Smith was later identified as the suspect by authorities, who arrested him at around 6 p.m. in the 1200 block of North State Street, according to Ramirez.
He was booked into the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning, where he remains held without bail.
Smith is set to appear at the Southwest Justice Center at 1:30 p.m. Monday and will be held to answer to a murder charge, as well as allegations of discharging a firearm causing great bodily harm and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.
Riverside County court records show Smith was convicted on felony charges related to identity theft in 2019.