Buncombe County SWAT arrest man in Black Mountain shooting

Karrigan Monk
Black Mountain News
Buncombe County's SWAT team arrested Gabriel Lopez in connection with a shooting that occurred in Black Mountain Jan. 3.

Buncombe County's SWAT team arrested a man Jan. 4 in connection with a shooting in Black Mountain.

According to news releases from the Black Mountain Police Department, the shooting occurred on Rhododendron Ave. around 6 p.m. Jan. 3. The victim, whom police have not identified, was shot during an isolated verbal altercation and was in stable condition at Mission Hospital, police said in a statement.

The department said police were initially looking for a black pickup truck in connection with the incident.

A news release said the truck was located around 2 p.m. Jan. 4. Upon locating the truck, warrants were issued for the arrest of Gabriel Lopez on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

"The Black Mountain Police Department requested assistance from the Buncombe County SWAT Team who successfully served the warrant and took the suspect into custody," a Jan. 4 news release said.

The Black Mountain Police Department said this is an ongoing investigation. Any video footage in the area of the incident that may help further this investigation is still needed, police said, and people can contact Detective Tim Teves at or by calling the non-emergency number 828-419-9350.