White Settlement Police say they have arrested a 17-year-old Mason Stopps of Fort Worth in connection with the shooting of a 14-year-old high school student. The shooting happened on October 22nd, but the arrest happend overnight.
Based upon recovered evidence, police say they believe the suspect confronted the victim over a girl and fired multiple shots at him, striking him once. Shell casings found at the scene led detectives to believe the suspect was using an AR-15 style rifle.
The victim was shot in the leg and is recovering in a local hospital.
“As a parent myself, I am appalled by the level of violence that was completely senseless and should have never happened,” said Chief of Police Christopher Cook in a statement. “I am grateful for the outstanding police work that brought a major arrest within a week of this incident occurring by our Criminal Investigations Division..”
The affidavit states the victim told police the suspect and his friends showed up with what he believed to be AR-15 style rifles and that the suspect shot him with the rifle while he was jumping out of the front driver side door. The victim also told police he was talking to the suspect's girlfriend and believed he may have been set up by her.
The White Settlement Police Department was assisted by the Fort Worth Police Department and the White Settlement ISD Police.