Court records show that a 15-year-old boy died last week after a 21-year-old shot him after a series of fights. The 21-year-old has been charged with murder.
After the incident at an apartment complex in the 800 block of Hueco Street on March 29, Arik Garcia of Carlsbad was arrested and charged with second-degree murder.
The next day, he went to court for the first time. Prosecutors asked the judge to hold Garcia without bail, and a hearing on this was set for April 10.
Prosecutors argued that Garcia should be locked up before his trial because he was accused of killing a boy in a shooting that happened near his home in the same apartment complex where the boy lived.
The motion said, “The defendant does things that endanger the witnesses and the community as a whole, to the point where no reasonable release conditions will protect the safety of the witnesses or the community in this case.”
Records show that the domestic fights between Garcia, his brother, who was not charged with a crime in the case, and their neighbors who lived in an apartment down the street led up to the fatal shooting that Garcia is accused of doing.
A criminal complaint says that a person who saw the shooting told police that the victim’s family “had been having problems” with Garcia family members.
On the night of the shooting, the witness told the police that two women got into an argument outside of the house.
At that point, the boy who was shot tried to protect a woman, and the report said that several people in the area heard gunshots and saw the boy fall to the ground.
Another witness told police that as the boy approached Garcia’s brother, Arik Garcia pulled out a semi-automatic gun and shot the boy, records show.
Police said that video given to them by other witnesses showed a man who looked like Garcia shooting the victim.
The Boy Was Shot Twice
The boy was shot twice in the chest and later died in the emergency room of Carlsbad Medical Center as doctors tried to stabilize him so he could be flown to a hospital in Lubbock, Texas for care.
Police eventually found Garcia hiding in a car near where the shooting happened that night. He was taken into custody and questioned by police.
The police report said that when Garcia was being questioned, he got upset and said, “I didn’t mean to do it.” He also said that he had a gun because he thought that his brother was being attacked by many people.
The report said, “Arik said he needed help, that he didn’t mean to do it, and that he had ruined his life.” “Arik said that he didn’t know why he shot the kid.”
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