BGPD arrests man in Cumberland Trace shooting; 1 injured
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – One man has been arrested on multiple charges after an alleged shooting in a hotel parking lot on Cumberland Trace Road.
On Tuesday around 7:07 p.m., the Bowling Green Police Department responded to a shots fired complaint at El Mazatlan on Cumberland Trace Road.
Police say they arrived at the scene and located a man sitting within the front door of the restaurant. BGPD says he told them he had been shot in the back in a nearby hotel parking lot.
Police say they attended to the man until the Bowling Green Fire Department arrived and provided aid.
The victim was transported by EMS before being flown to an area trauma center for treatment.
A BGPD officer watched surveillance footage from El Mazatlan, which police say shows the victim crossing Cumberland Trace Road and running to the entrance of El Mazatlan. BGPD says the man then entered the restaurant and asked staff to call police, remaining in the entrance until officials arrived.
While at El Mazatlan, BGPD dispatch received a call in relation to a suspicious man in the Days Inn parking lot on Cumberland Trace Road.
BGPD says the caller said the man was “acting erratically” in the parking lot, and police say staff told them they had heard shooting in the lot area prior to police arrival.
Police were shown a handgun in the Days Inn parking lot.
Police say surveillance footage from the hotel showed a silver Ford Explorer hitting several objects before leaving the parking lot.
BGPD identified the driver of the vehicle as Faisl Alzharani. Police went to the room where Alzharani was staying to conduct a welfare check and safety sweep. The room was unoccupied at this time.
BGPD says they found suspected drug paraphernalia and the odor of marijuana inside the room.
BGPD dispatch then received a report of a vehicle collision involving the silver Ford Explorer driven by Alzharani, who fled the scene and was in the process of destroying suspected controlled substances, according to officials.
Police say they recovered a large amount of money on Alzharani, as well as inside the vehicle. After obtaining a search warrant, BGPD searched the hotel room and say they found two blue circular pills imprinted with “M30” consistent with fentanyl laced pills.
In addition, police say they discovered a small baggie of a clear crystalline substance consistent with methamphetamine, a clear glass pipe with residue consistent with methamphetamine, numerous baggies of suspected marijuana and several items of drug paraphernalia.
Alzharani, 25, of Bowling Green was mirandized but refused to speak with officers.
He was arrested and faces charges of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (drug unspecified), first-degree possession of a controlled substance, first offense (methamphetamine), trafficking in marijuana (less than eight ounces), first offense, buying or possessing drug paraphernalia, operating a motor vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance, second offense (aggravating circumstances), driving on a DUI suspended license, first offense, leaving the scene of an accident/failure to render aid or assistance, tampering with physical evidence, receiving stolen property (firearm), theft by unlawful taking or disposition of an auto between $1,000 and $10,000, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree criminal mischief, possession of marijuana, first-degree assault and first-degree robbery.
Alzharani remains in the Warren County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond.
The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.