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12-year-old in Texas charged with murder in shooting of Sonic restaurant employee: NPR


This file photo shows a sign for a Sonic Drive-In.

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This file photo shows a sign for a Sonic Drive-In.

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A 12-year-old has been charged with murder in the shooting of a Sonic restaurant employee in Texas last weekend, according to police.

Matthew Davis, 32, admonished Angel Gomez, 20, for being unruly in the parking lot of the Keene, Texas, restaurant around 9:40 p.m. last Saturday. A physical altercation ensued, in which the juvenile suspect, who is not being named because they are minors, allegedly shot Davis multiple times from the back seat of Gomez’s vehicle, the Keene Police Department said.

Davis was transported to the hospital, where he died.

The juvenile suspect’s age was confirmed by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Gomez and the child — both from Fort Worth, about 48 miles from Keene — fled the area, but Gomez eventually returned to the scene. Law enforcement officers tracked down and arrested the child in Rio Vista, about 14 miles south of Keene. Police confiscated several firearms from the minor.

Both Gomez and the boy are now in custody and charged with murder, the police say.

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