Thursday shooting in Alajuela resembled one in la Fortuna

A shooting nearly identical to the one that took the life of a 16-year-old U.S. tourist early Thursday took place Thursday night in Alajuela.

A guard at a rice processing facility spotted what appeared to be an intruder and fired several times. The man fled the grounds of the facility but dropped dead on the public right-of-way not far away.

Investigators said that the dead man appears to have been stealing two bags of rice. The shooting took place at 11 p.m. in San José de Alajuela. The dead man was identified by the last name of Alfaro. He was 33, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. the guard was carrying a .38-caliber firearm.
The incident involving the U.S. tourists happened in La Fortuna de San Carlos. The victim, Justin Johnston, was not stealing anything but was outside his hotel room at 4 a.m. visiting other students. A guard at the facility, the La Cangreja Lodge, mistook him and two companions for intruders and fired.

Friday a judge ordered that the guard, who has the last name of Guevara, be jailed for six months for investigation.

Agents said the weapon he used was not registered and that he was in the country illegally.

Johnston was a student at McLouth High School in the U.S. state of Kansas and a member of the school’s Spanish club. The school said in a release that he was on a nine-day trip with 12 students and two district sponsors.

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