Texas police are searching for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a teenager, a Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said last week.
The Brownsville Herald reported police found the 16-year-old boy, shot in the head, and behind the wheel of a truck that nearby residents had reported on Sept.15 as wrecked on the side of the road. After discovering the young man had been shot, police had him rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died from the wound.
Witnesses at the scene said they saw a second person jump from the vehicle and run off shortly after it crashed.
Police said Sept. 17 they were interested in speaking with a 17-year-old man, identified only by the name “Cipriano,” in connection with the case.
But Breitbart Texas reported later in the day police had developed a theory for a possible motive in the shooting and were looking for an alternate suspect. The source said police were now searching for a 14-year-old male as a suspect in the shooting.
The 16-year-old victim was reported to have been a known human smuggler with a lengthy criminal history, according to The Latino Post.
In October 2012 the victim, whose name has not been released, allegedly led Texas authorities on a dramatic car chase. Driving a red pickup truck filled with illegal Guatemalan immigrants, the teenager is said to have evaded authorities until Texas State Troopers fired several shots from a helicopter, shooting out the truck’s tires. Shots fired in the incident killed two of the immigrants and wounded another.
The source offered no precise motive as to why the 14-year-old would have shot the victim other than to say it was a possible Mexican drug cartel hit, according to the Daily Mail.
The 14-year-old suspect, who has also gone unnamed, is said to have appeared before a juvenile court in Texas about three weeks before the shooting and was deported. Police have not said whether they are looking in Mexico or the United States for the suspect.