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Suspect charged with murder in deadly shooting of Midland teen

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 9:31 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 6:37 PM CDT
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MIDLAND, Texas (KOSA) - A suspect has been arrested following a shooting that left one person dead on Saturday.

Nikolas Moreno, 18, has been charged with Murder, a first-degree felony.

According to an arrest affidavit, a detective with the Midland Police Department was called to the intersection of Hollandale and Parkway for a homicide. When the detective arrived, they learned that a teenager had been shot and killed.

Police on scene then told the detective that a suspect, identified as Moreno, was detained and possibly involved with the case.

Officers responding to the initial shooting met with Moreno, who showed them where the victim was, according to the affidavit. The victim was found with a gunshot wound to his side and three gunshot wounds in his lower back.

The affidavit states that Moreno admitted to providing Acid to the victim before he, the victim and an unidentified juvenile got in a truck to go buy alcohol from a grocery store. Moreno told police that the victim was “tripping out on acid.”

On the way to the store, Moreno stopped to urinate and got out of the truck. That’s when Moreno said the victim got into the driver’s seat and began to drive away.

Moreno grabbed onto the driver’s side door where he was able to punch the victim, and then began wrestling over a gun, the affidavit states.

The truck then crashed in a ditch, causing the gun to fall onto the floorboard. Moreno told detectives that he grabbed for his gun and said it went off one time before another gun in the truck then went off two to three times. Moreno then grabbed both guns and took them to his aunt’s house. Police were able to find both of the weapons at the home.

According to the affidavit, the juvenile also spoke to the detective and stated that the victim was “tripping on acid and talking about seeing demons” before he got into the truck’s driver’s seat and drove off.

The juvenile was able to get into the truck’s passenger seat and saw Moreno handing from the driver’s side door. That’s when the juvenile admitted to shooting the victim in his side before shooting him three more times in the back, the affidavit states. The juvenile told the detective that they were scared for Moreno’s life.

It is not clear as to what charges the juvenile is facing in this case.

Authorities have not released the name of the shooting victim.

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