Arrests made in north Amarillo drive by shooting


Just after midnight on Wednesday, Amarillo police officers were dispatched to a drive by shooting in the 2400 block of N Oak St. 

Upon arrival, officers discovered a 16-year-old male was shot in the neck. He was taken to a local area hospital with life threatening injuries. 

Later that day, APD detectives located evidence that the house and the victim were not the intended target of the shooting. A dark colored 4 door sedan was shooting at a 2 door SUV. 

The victim was struck by a bullet while in his bedroom playing a video game. 

Using information from witnesses and video evidence, officers and detectives identified several people involved with this event. 

On August 12, 2021, Eric Segovia, 17, and Mekhi Johnson, 17 were arrested 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). Penal Code Section 22.02 (B)(3). 

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 the 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," the APD said in a statement.

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