Springdale teen arrested in connection with Fayetteville fatal shooting

Gilberto Gordillo
Gilberto Gordillo

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayetteville police have arrested a 19-year-old Springdale man in connection with a fatal shooting last week.

Gilberto Gordillo, of 1406 Powell St. in Springdale, was arrested Wednesday on preliminary charges of capital murder and four counts of attempted murder in relation to the shooting that killed Christian Rodriguez-Barroso, 18, of Springdale and injured four others on Feb. 15.

Gordillo was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on Thursday with no bond set.

Capital murder, if convicted, is punishable by either life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.

Fayetteville police received a call from Springdale police at about 11:15 p.m. Feb. 15 reporting shots fired in the area of Powell Street in Springdale and Lakeview Drive in Fayetteville, according to Sgt. Stephen Mauk, public information officer for Fayetteville police.

When police arrived at 599 E. Lakeview Drive, they found a dead man, later identified as Rodriguez-Barroso, lying in the road, according to a preliminary police report.

The address is the Lake Fayetteville Environmental Studies Center, according to police. Video from a nearby residence captured the shooting.

A large gathering of vehicles in the parking lot is seen on the video. A large group of people gathered in the middle of the parking lot and a fight broke out between the two groups, according to the report.

The groups separated and individuals ran to their vehicles or away from the area on foot, according to the report. Multiple vehicles began to leave the parking lot through the only exit when gunfire was heard and muzzle flashes were seen on the video, according to the report.

Rodriguez-Barroso ran toward the exit and climbed into the bed of a nearby pickup truck. The truck headed north on Powell Street as an individual is seen firing on it, according to the report.

Another camera angle showed Rodriguez-Barroso fall from the moving truck into the street, according to the report. Video showed the person who had just fired on the truck leaving the scene in a vehicle that drove around Rodriguez-Barroso heading north on Powell Street.

A witness told police that before the groups met at the Environmental Center, he was going home to get some guns to bring to the fight. Witnesses said they saw Gordillo with an AR-15 style rifle just before the fight.

Five witnesses told police they saw an individual standing near the exit firing in the direction where Rodriguez-Barroso was killed, according to the report. Two said they saw Gordillo firing an AR-15.

One witness said he saw Gordillo retrieve an AR-15 from his Dodge Challenger and heard shots immediately after. Once the shooting stopped, he saw Gordillo get into the car with the rifle, according to the report.

Gordillo later told witnesses he thought he had killed someone at the Environmental Center.

In video footage obtained by police, Gordillo was seen wearing the same clothing before and during the shooting that was described by witnesses, according to the report. Cellphone video from the incident also showed Gordillo in the same clothing.

Mauk said four people were taken to hospitals — three to a hospital in Fayetteville and one to a hospital in Springdale — with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. All of the victims were between 18 and 20 years old and lived in Springdale, he said.

The incident is believed to have taken place in the gravel parking lot of the Environmental Studies Center, which was closed at that hour, Mauk said.

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