The Amarillo Police Department has seen a sharp rise in crimes involving firearms.
Thursday they arrested two people involved in the cowardly act of a drive-by shooting that left a teen with life-threatening injuries.
On August 11 at 12:18 am Police were sent to the scene of a drive-by shooting in the 2400 block of North Oak Street.
There they found a 16-year-old male shot in the neck who was then rushed to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Detectives say a dark-colored 4 door sedan was shooting at a 2 door SUV, and the innocent victim was struck by a bullet while in his bedroom playing a video game.
Police used information from witnesses and video evidence to identify several people involved in this crime. with this event.
On August 12 Authorities arrested two 17 year old’s Eric Segovia and Mekhi Johnson, in connection with the shooting.
Both suspects were booked into the Potter County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center on the 1st-degree felony charge of Aggravated Assault (using a Motor Vehicle to Discharge a Firearm into Habitation/ Building/ Vehicle causing serious bodily injury).
This case is still under investigation and more arrests are possible.
The Amarillo Police Department would like to thank witnesses for their bravery in coming forward and talking with investigators. It is OK to talk with detectives and help get these violent criminals off the street. Don’t be intimidated by criminals who are putting children’s lives in danger.
Unfortunately, we continue to see more acts of violence especially violence involving firearms. In recent weeks, we have had multiple incidents involving firearms. So far this year, there have been 19 homicides in the City of Amarillo. In all 19 of those homicides, a firearm has been used. One critical factor that will help reduce gun violence in our city is for people to call the police when they hear gunshots or see people who are fighting. The police department will respond to every call of shots fired and collect evidence to identify the shooters, guns, and other persons who are present. Please call 911 any time you hear gunshots in the city.
We continue to pray for the recovery of this innocent teenager and encourage the Amarillo community to help us stop this senseless violence. We will make a difference and see a decrease in these types of incidents if we all work together.