Two 17-year-olds are facing attempted capital murder charges after they allegedly opened fire on a man at a Springdale gas station.
SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Two 17-year-olds are facing attempted capital murder charges after they allegedly opened fire on a man at a Springdale gas station.
According to court records, officers from the Springdale Police Department were called to Silent Grove and Pump Station Roads around 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, after reports of gunfire in the area.
When officers arrived, they found no one in need of assistance or any signs of disruption at the time. Records indicate that police later found a total of 10 used 9mm shell casings in the parking lot near the intersection of Silent Grove Road and Pump Station Road.
Records indicate that the next morning, just before 11 a.m., a man called the department saying he had been shot in the same area around the same time the shots were heard.
The victim told police he was in the area to meet his friend Haylee Valdez. He said the two were meeting to talk about a “date” they were having but instead of meeting Valdez, her boyfriend David Magana showed up. Records indicate that Valdez then began shooting the victim.
The victim’s vehicle had 10 bullet holes, according to police records.
After further investigation, police discovered that the victim had met Valdez on Snapchat and talked to him for a few days. The victim said Valdez told her “she was pregnant and currently taking a break with her boyfriend and father of her unborn child, Magana.” Records say the victim said she felt uncomfortable when Valdez described her boyfriend as a ‘drug dealer’ and that she ‘needed to tell’ Magana she had a date you with the victim.
The victim told police he dropped Valdez off at her house after the date. Records indicate that the following day, Magana sent the victim threatening messages via Instagram.
On March 29, when the victim said Valdez had asked to meet him, he was reluctant, according to the court filing. To be on the safe side, he asked Valdez to send him a video of her alone. When she did, he agreed to meet her.
According to court records, the victim told police that when he pulled up next to Valdez’s vehicle, Magana opened the passenger door and shot him with a handgun. The victim began to walk away when bullets hit the driver’s side window and door.
For fear of reprisals, the victim did not immediately report the shooting to the police.
Valdez was arrested for attempted capital murder. Magana was arrested for attempted capital murder, terrorism and minor possession of a handgun.
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