In a heartbreaking incident, a shooting at Cole’s Flea Market in Pearland, Texas, claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy and left three children and two adults injured. The Pearland Police Department responded to a call of shots fired around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The victims were transported to hospitals, with a 10-year-old boy succumbing to his injuries. The 14-year-old girl and 18-year-old man are in stable condition, while a 16-year-old boy is undergoing surgery. A 37-year-old man was treated and released. The names of those shot, including the bystanders, have not been released by authorities.
The shooting followed an argument between two individuals who did not know each other. The altercation escalated into gunfire, involving possibly a third person, inside the flea market, according to Officer Chad Rogers. An arrest warrant has been issued for David Negrete, 19, who is believed to be one of the shooters. Negrete, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, is not in custody.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a $15,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case, expressing condolences for the tragic loss and affirming the state’s commitment to supporting local law enforcement in bringing the perpetrators to justice. The community, located about 17 miles south of Houston, mourns the devastating impact of this senseless act of violence.