‘Armed and dangerous’: 14-year-old kills 3, is on the run in Texas

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A 14-year-old boy is charged with capital murder after killing 3 teenagers at a convenience store on Dec. 26. His attack led to 3 dead and 1 injured, according to Garland Police Department in Texas. 

Dallas police are on the hunt for 14-year-old Abel Elias Acosta after evidence determines him as the shooter. 

His father, 33-year-old, Richard Acosta turned himself into GPD and is charged with capital murder for allegedly acting as a getaway driver in a shooting, as stated by the police. His bond has been set at $1,000,000.

According to surveillance footage, Abel arrived at the convenience store with his father’s pickup truck and fired his gun several times, killing the victims. He got back into the truck which drove at a high speed. 

Abel is described as a “light-skinned Hispanic male with dark hair, brown eyes, approximately 5′ 05″ in height and weighing around 125 pounds,” according to police.

Police state that the investigation is ongoing and believes that the teenage shooter is evading arrest. A motive has yet to be discovered, according to officials. 

The 3 teenagers killed in the shooting have been identified as 14-year-old Xavier Gonzalez, 16-year-old Ivan Noyala and 17-year-old Rafael Garcia. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.

A 4th victim is injured and remains in stable condition. He has not been identified. 

“The day after Christmas they’ve lost their loves ones,” said Garland Police Chief Jeff Bryan at a Dec. 27 press conference. “Our community wants to know answers.”

Prosecutors have yet to determine if Abel Acosta is to be charged as a minor or an adult. 

Anonymous tips can be made to Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477.

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