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14-year-old arrested after shooting that left 3 dead, police say

A 14-year-old suspect was arrested in Texas for shooting and killing three people and wounding one, according to officials

A 7-Eleven store in Dallas.
A sign on the window at a 7-Eleven store reads, “Now Hiring,” as an employee inside the store wears a mask and gloves while mopping the floor amid the coronavirus health crisis in Dallas, Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Tony Gutierrez, Associated Press

A 14-year-old suspect killed three teens and wounded one at a Texas convenience store on Sunday.

  • “As of 30 minutes ago, we have made an arrest. Someone that we suspect to be the shooter. He is a 14-year-old teenager,” Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan announced Monday afternoon during a news conference, per ABC News.

Police say the suspect entered the store and shot all four people. Officers responded around 7:30 p.m. Bryan later confirmed that the suspect wasn’t arrested for the shootings but for an outstanding warrant.

  • The suspect used a 40-caliber pistol with an extended magazine and fired at least 20 rounds, Bryan said.

According to NBC News, the police identified the victims killed as 14-year-old Xavier Gonzalez, 16-year-old Ivan Noyala, and 17-year-old Rafael Garcia. The identity of the 15-year-old wounded victim was not released but, according to reports, he was still hospitalized on Monday.

  • “We want to know why. We don’t have an answer to why. We are trying to comprehend this,” Bryan said, per NBC News. “When it’s kids, when it’s 14- and 16-year-old kids committing acts, and victims of acts, it’s even harder for us to comprehend that.”
  • “I have kids about the same age, and to comprehend the day after Christmas — when most people are winding down through the holidays and getting ready to go back to school — and now we’re trying to support and help families through this,” he said. “It’s difficult to describe in a lot of ways, but we know we have a job to do.”