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Two arrested in December killing of teen in Citrus Heights

RV Allahali Watson
RV Allahali Watson

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of homicide in the fatal shooting of a Citrus Heights teenager in December.

RV Allahali Watson, 26, and Dashawn Kwama Tinsley, 22, are suspected of killing 19-year-old Andrew Vanhunnik.

Several neighbors reported hearing shots about 2 a.m. Dec. 28 at the Creekside Colony apartment complex in the 7900 block of Kingswood Drive. When officers arrived, they found Vanhunnik dead inside a car. Two other people – one with injuries – were outside the vehicle.

Investigators said all three people were inside the car when shots were fired.

The investigation that led to the arrest of Watson and Tinsley took eight months. Citrus Heights detectives devoted many hours to interviews and served more than 50 search warrants.

Citrus Heights detectives believe that four days before Vanhunnik’s killing, Watson and Tinsley, along with Dennis Gibson, 20, were allegedly involved in the attempted homicide of another man in the Greenback Estates area of Citrus Heights. That man was also struck more than one once by gunfire but survived.

Watson and Tinsley, in addition to the murder charge in the Vanhunnik killing, face suspicion of attempted murder charges. Gibson was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews