Young men in their teenage years can be susceptible to peer pressure to engage in acts of violence that can have long term implications on their future success in Texas. In today’s culture where guns are so readily available, what may have ended in a fist fight can now easily escalate to a gun fight. This appears to have been the case at a party in Laredo where a young man faces charges of having shot and killed a 20-year-old. The teenager is now likely focused on preparing a juvenile defense.
A 16-year-old boy is being charged with homicide in the death of the 20-year-old. The shooting allegedly happened at about 2:30 a.m. at a party in a house on Sunrise Courts. The alleged assailant and the victim reportedly got into an argument. Shortly after it began, the accused allegedly pulled a gun and shot the victim in the chest.
During the course of the investigation, officers discovered that the supposed shooter had been transported to an area hospital with a gunshot wound to his arm. He was taken by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio for additional treatment. His condition is not known.
Teenage boys are highly impressionable and may be easily led astray into believing that guns and acts of violence make them ‘cool’ in Texas. Such incidents can have serious negative ramifications on a young person’s future. The parents and young person involved in these situations may be scared and unsure of what options may be open to them. Discussing the situation with an attorney experienced in juvenile defense can ensure that all parties are aware of their legal rights and are aware of what legal options are available to them.