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A Texas dad who drove his 14-year-old son to & from a triple murder didn’t know the kid had a gun, his attorney claimed.
Police said Richard Acosta, 33, was the getaway driver after his son Abel Elias Acosta fired more than 20 shots in a Garland convenience store on Dec. 26, killing 4 teenagers and injuring a fourth.
Acosta turned himself in to police but his son remains on the loose.
Acosta had gone to the store, located at a gas station, to pick up medicine & went inside alone. When Acosta got back into his Dodge Ram, his son said he “needed to get something.” The father did hear the gunshots & ducked — but didn’t know his son was the one rattling off the shots.
Surveillance footage showed the shirtless gunman creep up to the store & peek in the window before entering & opening fire. Acosta’s truck waited near the store.
Acosta drove his son home but the teen got into a car and took off. It was only once Acosta saw the shooting on TV that he turned himself in. Evidence will show the kid was bullied in school & had his necklace stolen.
Abel has been on the lam since the shooting and is considered armed & dangerous by the Garland Police Department. A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the fugitive’s arrest.
The victims of the shooting were identified as Xavier Gonzalez, 14, Ivan Noyala, 16, and Rafael Garcia, 17. A 15-year-old cook, identified as David Humberto, was shot in the chest but is back home after nine days in the hospital.
One of the victim’s sisters told cops that she received gang-related messages after the slayings, including an Instagram message saying “yo brotha dead asf,” an arrest affidavit obtained by the paper said.
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