(UnitedVoice.com) – Texas cops say they’re running “a manhunt for a boy.” The Garland Police Department is looking for a 14-year-old fugitive who allegedly gunned down three other teens in a shocking Christmas Day attack.
Around 7:30 p.m. on December 25, 33-year-old Richard Acosta visited a gas station and convenience store in Garland, TX. Surveillance video shows Acosta entering the store, making a purchase then getting back into his truck and driving round to the front of the store. At that point another person, who cops believe was Acosta’s 14-year-old son Abel Elias Acosta, got out of the truck, walked to the entrance of the store, drew a handgun and fired at least 20 rounds into the store. When the attack ended, three boys, aged 17, 16 and 14, lay dead and another person was wounded.
$10,000 Reward Offered for the Apprehension of Abel Elias Acosta.
In addition to the Garland Crimestoppers $5,000 reward, Jerry Reynolds, KPIR Radio owner has offered an additional $5,000. Anyone with info leading to Acosta's apphrension is encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately! pic.twitter.com/rMJ2h1GBvm
— Garland Police PIO (@GarlandPD) December 30, 2021
Police believe one or both of the older teens were the intended target of the massacre, and that 14-year-old Xavier Gonzales was just unlucky. The working theory is that Acosta had a grudge against the other two victims, at least one of whom liked to post photos of himself holding guns on social media.
Richard Acosta surrendered himself to police the next day; he claims he didn’t know his son was armed when he drove him to the store, but police are skeptical – he’s been arraigned on three counts of capital murder.
Meanwhile, Abel Acosta is still on the run. Police say he’s 5’8” tall, around 125 pounds and believed to be armed with a silver and black .40 semiautomatic pistol with an extended magazine. There’s a $10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.
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