A shocking event unfolded at a Sonic drive-in eatery in Keene, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, on Saturday night. The Keene Police Department reported that a 12-year-old child is suspected of fatally shooting a Sonic employee with an AR-15 rifle during a heated altercation. A 20-year-old man involved in the dispute also faces charges related to the tragic incident.
According to the police, Matthew Davis, a 32-year-old employee of the restaurant, was found at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds. Despite being rushed to the hospital, Davis did not survive his injuries.
The shooting is believed to have started with Angel Gomez, a 20-year-old who had arrived at the Sonic with passengers in his vehicle. Gomez allegedly began acting disorderly in the parking lot of the restaurant, which led to a confrontation with Davis. Reports suggest that Davis approached Gomez to address his behavior.
As the argument escalated, the 12-year-old, who was in the vehicle with Gomez, reportedly retrieved an AR-15 rifle from the car and opened fire on Davis. Following the shooting, both Gomez and the minor fled the scene. However, Gomez later returned and was arrested by the police.
The child was subsequently located at a residence and taken into custody, with several firearms being recovered from the site.
Both Gomez and the child now face charges of murder.
The event has left Davis’ family in mourning. They revealed to the news outlets that Davis had recently relocated to Keene and had only started working at Sonic two weeks prior. His death leaves behind a one-year-old son.