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Police: Cedar Park fatal shooting victim was targeted

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The main suspect in last week's  fatal drive-by shooting had threatened the victim over exchanging texts with the suspect's ex-girlfriend, according to the police affidavit filed in Williamson County District Court.

The affidavit said Jose Ivan Aviles Loza, 26, of Bastrop, specifically targeted Fernando Lopez Chapparo, 22, of Austin, Aug. 3 at the intersection of East Whitestone Boulevard and the 183-A tollway in Cedar Park.

Police believe Loza may have used an  an AK-47 rifle.

Loza was arrested Aug. 5 in Houston and has been charged with 1st-degree felony murder, which could carry up to life in prison under the charge.

Chapparo's aunt told police in a later interview that Chapparo told her that he "feared for his life" because Loza had made multiple threats to kill him, the affidavit said.

Loza's ex-girlfriend, who is the mother of Loza's child, also later told police Loza had threatened to kill her and Chapparo for exchanging messages and that Loza had assaulted her in Montague County, according to the affidavit. It also stated Loza's aunt told police that Loza's ex-girlfriend had told her about the threats.

Police found Chapparo dead from multiple gun shot wounds Saturday, Aug. 3, in the passenger seat of a 2012 Chevrolet pickup at the Whitestone intersection. Chapparo's uncle, the driver, was taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds. 

Surveillance video from the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority showed the pickup traveling at 78 mph through the toll station at 5:55 a.m. Saturday and it immediately being followed by a Jeep going 81 mph, which police later identified as being drive by Loza, according to the affidavit. The shooting took place three-quarters of a mile from the toll station.

A witness told police he had confronted Loza over Facebook messenger about the shooting and Loza responded in Spanish with “It was me, I called him, I killed him,” the affidavit said.

The affidavit also said the witness said he had previously seen Loza at Loza’s house with an AK-47. 

Austin police found the Jeep Saturday night in the 1100 block of Spur Street in Austin due to a call about bullets found in a vehicle, and police subsequently found shell casings, similar to an AK-47 shell, the affidavit said.

A friend of Loza's told police he had taken his Jeep from his Taylor home and never returned it, the affidavit said.

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