Texas child, 12, fatally shoots fast-food employee with AR-15 rifle, charged with murder

Police in Keene, Texas, said a 12-year-old boy grabbed an AR-15 rifle from a vehicle and shot a Sonic employee while the employee argued with another man in the parking lot.

A Texas 12 year old is accused of killing a fast-food employee with an AR-15 rifle as he argued with another man, who also faces charges in the fatal shooting, authorities said. 

The shooting happened Saturday night at a Sonic drive-in restaurant in the Dallas suburb of Keene, the Keene Police Department said. Officers arrived and found Matthew Davis, 32, with multiple gunshot wounds. 

He was taken to a hospital where he died. 

Authorities believe Angel Gomez, 20, was at the Sonic with passengers in his vehicle. He began arguing and acting disorderly in the parking lot and was confronted by Davis, a Sonic employee, police said. Gomez was allegedly urinating in the back of the parking lot when Davis came to talk to him, Fox Dallas reported. 


During the argument, the 12-year-old shooting suspect, who was a passenger in Gomez’s vehicle and remains unidentified, grabbed the AR-15 rifle from the car and opened fire, authorities said. Davis was shot.

The child and Gomez fled the area. Gomez later returned to the scene and was arrested. The boy was later arrested at a home and several firearms were recovered, police said. 

Both are charged with murder

Davis had moved to Keene and started working at the Sonic two weeks ago, his family told the news outlet. He left behind a 1-year-old son. 

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