This past weekend, a town near Houston, Texas fell victim to a shooting, as there was open fire let out at a flea market. The police have since begun their search for the suspect, a 19-year-old man by the name of David Negrete. The flea market was held in Pearland, which is just 15 miles south of Houston. The shooting occurred at the Cole’s Flea Market. 911 was called around 5:30 p.m. and authorities were on scene shortly thereafter.
There are five victims who were shot, four suffering from injuries, and one fatality.
The injured victims include a 14-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, am 18-year-old man, and a 37-year-old man. The victim who has tragically passed away was the youngest victim, a 10-year-old boy. He had been wounded on the scene and was pronounced dead upon reaching a hospital. At this time, no further details of his passing nor the injuries of the others have been released.
The assailant is still at large with a warrant out for his arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The police have released a statement identifying him as armed and dangerous. However, while the police search for David, they also believe there was another who opened fire at the flea market. They currently believe at least two handguns fired bullets on Sunday evening, The theory is that there was an altercation between at least two different individuals and from that shots were fired.
Three of the victims were completely separate from the altercation, having been innocent victims who happened to get hit by wild bullets.
The three are the 14-year-old girl, the 37-year-old man, and the 10-year-old boy who was killed. The police believe the 16-year-old victim and the 18-year-old were somehow involved. The 18-year-old has been taken into custody on counts of tampering with physical evidence. They also claim he made a false statement to officers.
While they hunt for Negrete, there is a $15,000 reward being offered for tips that ultimately lead to the capture and arrest of Negrete.
Police also made an arrest on Monday evening of an 18-year-old woman who tampered with physical evidence and made a false statement. They are still trying to understand her connection to the case.