ALAMO — A 14-year-old boy was fatally shot Tuesday evening in a colonia south of here known as Little Mexico.
The shooting occurred about 6 p.m. on San Bernardino Street, just south of the intersection of El Gato and Tower roads. Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño said the injured teen was transported to the Alamo Police Station, where authorities requested an ambulance to take him to a nearby hospital.
Emergency medical responders initially attempted to treat the boy at the police station but ultimately rushed him to a McAllen hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
“(Medical technicians) saw he was in grave condition and attempted to work on him there at the lobby of the Police Department,” Treviño said. “They did as much as they could.”
Sheriff’s deputies remained at the scene of the shooting late Tuesday night gathering evidence and questioning witnesses.
Several bystanders — mostly young teens — gave police conflicting information about the series of events leading up to the fatal shooting.
“Nobody’s got a consistent story,” the sheriff said. “It could be one of several things — it could be a drive-by … or maybe he was messing around with a gun and it accidentally went off. … Of course, another possibility is that it was self-inflicted. But we don’t believe that it was.”
Investigators planned to question witnesses separately to avoid confusion about the incident. Deputies are also relying on evidence from the scene to corroborate accounts of the shooting. Authorities do not believe the victim was shot at his residence.
Treviño declined to release the boy’s name until authorities could notify his next of kin.
“We’re going to develop information slowly through the night before we get a hold of what actually happened,” the sheriff said. “We’ll be confident sometime in the morning with some idea of what happened.”
Ana Ley covers law enforcement and general assignments for The Monitor. She can be reached at (956) 683-4428.