Addrian Nicolas Garcia, a 22-year-old man from Houston, Texas, has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault-serious bodily injury after allegedly shooting two juvenile males. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening, October 10. Garcia admitted to shooting the teens, claiming that they had stolen his car and he had tracked them down to confront them.
Houston Police Department reported that Garcia did not flee the scene and was found by the police when they arrived. The two injured teens were transported to a hospital by Houston Fire Department paramedics and are expected to survive their wounds.
Detective Q. Nguyen of the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division stated that investigators are working with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office to determine charges against Garcia. It is unclear at this time whether the teens will face any charges.
This incident follows a similar case in New York City a few months ago, where Charles Foehner was arrested for shooting and killing a man who had attacked him. Foehner was charged due to possessing unregistered guns in the city. However, video evidence suggested that Foehner had attempted to warn off the attacker before resorting to gunfire.
It is important for individuals to familiarize themselves with the laws surrounding self-defense before taking matters into their own hands. Vigilantism can lead to serious consequences, regardless of the perceived justification.