Father Allegedly Drove 14-Year-Old Son To Store to Commit Murder

A Texas father and his 14-year-old son have been charged with capital murder for a shooting at a convenience store that left three teenage boys dead and one injured the day after Christmas.

According to surveillance obtained by authorities, 33-year-old Richard Acosta drove 14-year-old Abel Elias Acosta to the store in his Dodge Ram. Abel exited the vehicle wearing a baseball cap and surgical mask and crept slowly toward the entrance to the Texaco station carrying a handgun. After peeking into the windows, he began to spray gunfire in several directions throughout the store from the doorway. Abel jumped back into his father’s truck and they fled the scene at a “high rate of speed”.

The attack took the lives of three boys police identified as Xavier Gonzalez, 14; Ivan Noyala, 16, and Rafael Garcia, 17. All three were pronounced dead at the scene.A 15-year-old in the store was injured in the attack but hasn’t been identified.

Richard Acosta turned himself in to the Garland Police Department in Texas. His bond is set at $1,000,000. Police are searching for his son, Abel Elias Acosta, and believe he is evading arrest. Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in locating him, but to be cautious, he is possibly armed and dangerous.

Abel is described as a “light-skinned Hispanic male with dark hair, brown eyes, approximately 5′ 05″ in height and weighing around 125 pounds,” according to police. Anonymous tips can be made to Garland Crime Stoppers at 972-272-8477.

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