A shooting at Cole’s Flea Market turned a Sunday afternoon into a tragic and terrifying sight in a heartbreaking incident that rocked Pearland, Texas.
The aftermath left a community reeling, with authorities in southeastern Texas scrambling to locate a 19-year-old suspect, David Negrete, in connection with the violence that claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy and wounded several others.
Texas Authorities Issued an Arrest Warrant
The incident, which unfolded just after 5:30 p.m., saw a flurry of gunfire that injured five individuals, including teenagers and adults. Among the wounded were a 14-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, an 18-year-old man, and a 37-year-old man. Shockingly, the 10-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries after being rushed to a local hospital.
Pearland police, swift in their response, issued an arrest warrant for Negrete, emphasizing the gravity of the situation by labeling him as armed and dangerous. The search for justice intensified with a $15,000 reward for any information leading to Negrete’s apprehension.
Details emerged suggesting that the violence erupted following an altercation between two individuals at the flea market, culminating in gunfire.
Authorities indicated that multiple handguns were involved in the shooting, leaving innocent bystanders, including the young boy, caught tragically in the crossfire.
As the investigation unfolded, a disturbing revelation came to light as an 18-year-old man, one of the shooting victims, was taken into custody for tampering with evidence and providing false information to law enforcement.
The severity of the situation prompted Texas Governor Greg Abbott to express condolences for the loss of the child and extend support to the victims’ families while vowing to assist local law enforcement in apprehending the perpetrators.
The community, in shock and mourning, awaits justice and healing while authorities continue their relentless pursuit of answers in this senseless act of violence that shattered the peace of a tranquil Sunday afternoon.