Man charged with capital murder, teen freed in triple murder case at gas station in Texas

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in a triple murder at a gas station in Texas, and a 14-year-old suspected gunman has been released from custody.

Richard Acosta Jr. attended the Garland Police Department on Monday evening, according to a press release. He was charged with “capital murder – several persons” and his bail was set at $ 1 million.

Richard Acosta Jr., 33, is currently being held at Garland Detention Center charged with capital murder – several people. His bond is set at $ 1,000,000.
(Garland Police Department)

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Acosta was reportedly the driver of a white truck seen on surveillance video outside the Texaco gas station on Walnut Lane on Sunday evening. Video reportedly shows him entering the gas station shortly before the deadly shooting.

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The video also shows someone else exiting the truck before sneaking up to the front door of the convenience store and opening fire, reports FOX 4 News. Three teenagers were killed and a fourth was injured in the shooting.

A 14-year-old was previously arrested because the police initially believed he was the shooter. Detectives recently learned that he had intimate knowledge of the shooting and cooperated with the investigation. Based on the new information, the teenager is not charged at this time and has been handed over to his family.

The shooting appears to be a retaliation for a previous disruption and law enforcement officials believe the incident was a targeted attack on one or more people inside the store.

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While Garland Police say that at this stage of the investigation some information cannot be released, detectives are asking the public for any additional information they may have about the shooting.