Two men fatally shot at Georgetown restaurant

January 24, 2022

Two men were shot to death Jan. 22 at a Georgetown restaurant.

Police responded at 7:28 p.m. to the El Nopalito restaurant at 22095 DuPont Blvd. for a report of a shooting and found that two men had been shot, said Sr. Cpl. Jason Hatchell of the Delaware State Police.

Police learned that a group of men had been asked to leave the restaurant because of their disorderly behavior, which included a dispute with other patrons, Hatchell said, but two men returned wearing masks. One of the men approached Armando Vicente Chilel Lopez, 31, of Georgetown and removed a necklace from his neck, Hatchell said, which prompted Lopez to lunge at the man who stole the necklace. A second suspect then removed a handgun from his waistband and shot Lopez. As the suspects fled the restaurant, Hatchell said, the second suspect fired a second round into the dining area, which struck Honorio Velasquez, 28, of Bridgeville.

Velasquez was pronounced dead at the scene from the gunshot wound. Lopez was transported to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

This case remains an active, and an ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Delaware State Police Homicide Unit. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact Detective Grassi by calling 302-365-8441, or Delaware Crime Stoppers at 1-800-TIP-3333 or

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