19-Year-Old Suspect Surrenders in Pearland Flea Market Shooting That Killed Child

David Negrete, 19

David Negrete, the 19-year-old suspect in the recent Pearland flea market shooting, has surrendered to authorities, Pearland police confirmed Tuesday. The shooting, which occurred last weekend, resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy and left four others, including a 14-year-old girl, injured.

Negrete was swiftly added to the state’s most wanted list following the incident at Cole’s Antique Village and Flea Market, located in the 10000 block of North Main in Brazoria County. The shooting took place shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, with police discovering five individuals shot upon arrival at the scene. The 10-year-old boy was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Two additional suspects, 18-year-olds Julianna Espino and Cruz Meza, have been arrested and face charges of tampering with evidence and providing false information to the police. They are currently held at the Brazoria County Jail.

Pearland Police Officer Chad Rogers described the victims as innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire during an altercation that escalated into a shootout. The victims included a 37-year-old man who has been released from the hospital and a 14-year-old girl, who is expected to recover. Two teenagers, aged 16 and 18, identified as Meza, were also shot and are receiving treatment at hospitals. The involvement of the 16-year-old in the incident remains under investigation.

The Pearland community is reeling from the shock of the violence, with Officer Rogers emphasizing the rarity of such incidents in the area. He stated, “It is extremely tragic anytime someone is a victim of gun violence, especially in our community. This does not happen here in Pearland.”

Authorities are still determining the exact number of shots fired and the involvement of two handguns in the incident. The Pearland Police Department, by using the Tip Line at (281) 997-5828, and Brazoria County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-460-2222 are urging anyone with additional information to come forward, emphasizing the importance of public support in solving this case.

Author: CrimeDoor

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