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Texas police release teen, say triple killing suspect still on the loose

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 4:45 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2021 at 5:46 PM CST
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GARLAND, Texas (AP) — Dallas-area police have released a 14-year-old boy whom they had suspected in a weekend shooting that left three teenagers dead and a fourth badly wounded, saying the gunman is still on the loose.

Authorities in Garland said Monday that the 14-year-old was the shooter at a gas station Sunday night.

But they now say he has been released to his family and is “not being charged at this time.”

Lt. Pedro Barineau says “the shooter is at large.”

Meanwhile, 33-year-old Richard Acosta Jr. has been arrested and charged with capital murder, accused of being the getaway driver in the shooting.

Police say the shooter exited a white pickup truck, opened the door to the store and began firing inside. The shooter then got back into the truck, which sped away.

Police say four people who were shot were boys ages 14, 15, 16 and 17. Three were pronounced dead at the scene. The 15-year-old was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

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CORRECTION: The Associated Press erroneously reported that two of the three people killed were 16 years old based on information from police. Police now say the dead were 14, 16 and 17.

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