Pearland Police in southeastern Texas are actively searching for 19-year-old David Negrete following a shooting at Cole’s Flea Market that resulted in the death of a 10-year-old boy and injured four others. The incident occurred on Sunday just after 5:30 p.m., about 15 miles south of Houston.
Responding to the scene, officers discovered five victims, including a 14-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, an 18-year-old boy, and a 37-year-old man, all of whom were rushed to local hospitals. The 10-year-old boy, also found wounded at the location, was later pronounced dead at the hospital. The conditions of the injured parties were not detailed by the authorities.
Negrete, identified as the prime suspect, faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is considered armed and dangerous, with Pearland Police circulating his photos for public awareness. An altercation between two individuals at the flea market is believed to have escalated into the shooting, with at least two handguns reportedly used.
Police stated that the deceased child, along with the 14-year-old girl and the 37-year-old man, were innocent bystanders. Investigations are ongoing to determine the involvement of the two injured teenagers. A $15,000 reward has been announced for information leading to Negrete’s capture.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott expressed his condolences and assured full state support for law enforcement to bring the perpetrators to justice. He highlighted the tragedy of losing a child and the critical condition of the other victims.
The Pearland Police Department, led by spokesperson Chad Rogers, is conducting witness interviews and investigating the number of rounds fired. The flea market, a bustling location attracting thousands of visitors every weekend, is now the focus of a major police investigation.
Authorities have emphasized that Negrete should be considered dangerous, urging anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the Pearland Police Department or Brazoria County Crime Stoppers. The case remains under close investigation as the community grapples with yet another instance of gun violence, reflecting a broader national issue highlighted by over 600 mass shootings in the US this year alone.