Reno Police: Man killed in Lake Street shooting attempted to commit armed robbery

MGN Online

The initial investigation indicates the 20-year-old man killed in a shooting last week on Lake Street tried to rob two people in an SUV at gunpoint before there was a struggle for his gun, according to Reno Police.

In a statement released Tuesday, police identified the 20-year-old as Anthony Herrera, a Reno resident.

According to police, investigators learned Herrera was seen in the 600 block of Lake Street for several hours leading up to the shooting, with a witness saying he was armed with a handgun.

Police say at about midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 23, an SUV dropped off a passenger in that area. While the vehicle was stopped, Herrera approached the SUV and opened the driver's door, held the man and woman inside at gunpoint and demanded their property.

The driver grabbed for the gun, according to police, resulting in a shot being fired. A man inside the car came to her aid, and they both fought with Herrera for control of the gun.

After a struggle, the man from the SUV was able to get the gun, and Herrera was struck by multiple gunshots, police said in a statement.

The man and woman left the area and drove to the police station, and Herrera was taken to Renown, where he was pronounced dead.

Police say several witnesses were contacted at the scene shortly after the incident, with others contacted during a canvas of the area. News 4 also spoke with residents in the area who said they witnessed the shooting.

No other suspects are wanted, and the gun used in the incident was recovered at the time of the original call.

The investigation remains active, with robbery/homicide unit detectives working in conjunction with the Washoe County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Reno Police Department at (775) 334-2188, Secret Witness at 322-4900,, or text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW.

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