Authorities in Texas have made an arrest in connection with Tuesday night’s fatal drive-by shooting of a teen boy who was reportedly struck and killed by a stray bullet while outside of a gas station.
The Dallas Morning News reports that Datrail Deon Clayton, 21, is facing murder charges for allegedly shooting Malik Tyler, 13, in the chest as he left a Pleasant Grove convenience store with two friends. Dallas police Chief U. Renee Hall said the area is rife with narcotics and gang activity.
According to KXAS, the teen was mortally wounded as two cars opened fire on one another outside of the gas station.
“He was in no way involved with any of the activity,” Hall said.
“He was just an innocent bystander.”
A resident at a nearby apartment complex previously told KDFW that they heard gunshots before seeing a wounded Tyler looking for help. The teen reportedly lived at the same apartment complex where he collapsed.
The news station also reported that Clayton spent two years in prison for an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon conviction. He reportedly has recent arrests for possession of marijuana and evading arrest.
[Featured image: Datrail Deon Clayton/Dallas County Sheriff’s Department; Malik Tyler/KXAS video screengrab]