WATCH: Disturbing Video Shows Teen Kill Three in Gas Station Ambush

The murderer has been identified but is still at large. (Photo: Screenshot/Dallas Morning News YouTube)

Police in Garland, Texas, are searching for a 14-year-old boy they believe shot and killed three other teenagers in a gas station ambush last week.

Surveillance footage of the incident shows the boy sneaking up to the door of the gas station, opening the door, and firing about 20 shots from a .40-caliber handgun. Three teen boys — 14-year-old Xavier Gonzalez, 16-year-old Ivan Noyala and 17-year-old Rafael Garcia – were killed in the incident. Another 15-year-old store cook was seriously wounded.

Police have identified the murderer as Abel Elias Acosta. He is still at large and considered armed and dangerous. His father, 33-year-old Richard Acosta, Jr., is believed to have driven his son both to and from the gas station. Richard Acosta was seen on surveillance cameras in the gas station a short time before the incident and has since been taken into custody.

The motive for the killing remains unclear. Police have said it appears to be retribution for an incident that took place before the murder but have not provided any additional detail, according to the Dallas Morning News.

“We now believe that one or more of the victims who were shot inside the were involved in a previous disturbance with which, what believe to be the shooter who pulled the trigger,” said Lt. Barineau of the Garland Police.

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Investigators have said that at least one of the victims was Abel Acosta’s intended target, but that Gonzalez and the cook were not intended targets.

Law enforcement arrested and then released another 14-year-old boy who they say has “intimate knowledge” of the crime but was not the murderer. He could still face charges.

Authorities are asking for the public’s help to locate the murderer. Abel Acosta is described as a Hispanic male, 5-5 and about 125 pounds, with dark hair and brown eyes.

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It’s unclear precisely what kind of punishment Abel Acosta will face. Texas law allows 14-year-olds to be charged as adults in the most serious crimes, but the U.S. Supreme Court has prohibited sentences of capital punishment and life in prison without the possibility of parole for juveniles even if they’re certified to stand trial as an adult, according to the Dallas Morning News.

If convicted of capital murder as an adult, Abel Acosta will be automatically sentenced to life behind bars but will be eligible for parole after 40 years. If convicted as a juvenile, the maximum sentence is 40 years in prison.

Richard Acosta, Abel’s father, has been charged with capital murder.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to Abel Acosta’s capture. Anonymous tips may be made by calling 972-272-8477 or visiting

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over six years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Tyler. Got a hot tip? Send him an email at

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  • Winters January 2, 2022, 5:42 pm

    This is exactly how we ended up overrun by feral hogs in Texas and throughout the south. We ignored the problem until it exploded in our faces. If we continue to ignore it, there will be no civil society left.

  • joe sample January 1, 2022, 12:21 pm

    find this punk and snuff him out. remove this puke and his father from the gene pool.

  • Jim Parker December 31, 2021, 11:41 pm

    During WW2 the US incarcerated over 100k Japanese in the US, about 80k of which were American citizens with Japanese ancestry.

    To this very day liberals have no problem with because it was their main man—FDR and his pal Earl Warren—who did the deed. Those 80,000 American citizens were denied due process because the media and the DC establishment did not care.

    Today we have an estimated 20million foreign nationals in the US illegally and the American left cannot be bothered. The simple act of rounding up and deporting these people is beyond the grasp of most Republicans and nearly all Democrats.

    • DEFENDER January 14, 2022, 12:18 pm

      Dems cant be bothered ?
      UHH NO

      Its part of the Dem Strategy/Plan:

      The Dems see these (“20million foreign nationals”) as 20mil new voters for them.

      LIke what happend in N Atlanta in the last election.
      It “WAS” the difference.

      Now – they are in charge and plan to stay that way – forever.
      Its a Problem.

      Then get DC Certified as a State so all those can vote Dem also.


  • LJ December 31, 2021, 5:31 pm

    This what parents are teaching their children – to kill indiscriminately? I just hope and pray someone takes him out of the gene pool before he has a chance to spread his evil seed. Thanks Demoncrats!

  • swimmer December 31, 2021, 1:51 pm

    Cultural diversity can only help us build back better.

  • EasyEddie December 31, 2021, 11:03 am

    As a ‘father and son’ activity, I used to take my boys fishing. I never once thought of arming them and being their wheel man.

    • s January 1, 2022, 10:10 am


      It’s fun for the WHOLE FAMILY now …

  • Kane December 31, 2021, 10:41 am

    Camaras everywhere, finger prints all over the door. Wonder why he forgot to leave a written confession.

  • michael Collett December 31, 2021, 8:33 am

    A deacon at our church always described the hispanic immigrants as being just like the germans. Yeah, the ss

    • Dano December 31, 2021, 3:27 pm

      Racist fuck. Immigrants are more law abiding than US citizens. Grow up.

  • Dr. Mac December 31, 2021, 6:57 am

    This is what the carnage of illegal immigration unleashed on our great nation looks like. In addition to those “let in” and shipped around the country, CBP reports that there were at least 500,000 “get-aways” who wound up in the U.S. last year. Let’s go Brandon!!!! Folks, the liberal idiots claim that “you can’t deport 11 million illegal immigrants”. Yes We Can. The number is probably 3 times that high. We can track them down house to house, town to town, and state by state. When we do, and they realize we are serious, they will begin to deport themselves and the caravans will form in reverse. Mexico might even demand a “remain in the U.S.” policy. It can happen. Do we have the will? Patriots do!

    This is NOT what I want my country to look like. We have GOT to get rid of these savages or the U.S. is ruined forever. Build the wall, and get these people out of here.

    • Steven December 31, 2021, 10:40 am

      Send some libtard Commie wanna-bes with them.

      • Rock December 31, 2021, 12:37 pm

        Folks . . . please, this is what YOU GET for voting democrat! We asked for it.. Until people WTHU and stop voting for leftist socialist anarchistic democrats this will KEEP happening.

    • Rock December 31, 2021, 12:38 pm

      Start by getting rid of EVERY DEMOCRAT that you can. This party has become a gaggle of leftist marxist homo-erotica freaks.

    • Dano December 31, 2021, 3:29 pm

      Bullshit you racist pig. Immigrants are overwhelmingly more law abiding than US citizens. Given Jan 6 we should get rid of all the radical Trumpers and be bettter off given that right wing terrorism is a bigger risk than immigration

      • W January 10, 2022, 9:54 pm

        You speak of racism with much emotion and little to 0 facts. 100% of Illegal aliens are lawbreakers. They broke the law when they crossed the border illegally; no matter what country they came from. As far as immigrants goes, that includes almost all of us going back generations.

      • Jay January 15, 2022, 11:36 pm

        Dano, I don’t find the racism productive but your thought on illegals committing crimes isn’t accurate. Not even close from a statistical analsys.

    • alex January 2, 2022, 11:50 pm

      it can be done,all it takes is the backbone!

  • Griz326 December 31, 2021, 6:54 am

    This article brands the kid as “a murderer.” He probably is, but should not be branded as such until convicted. It is called “presumption of innocence.” …just sayin’

    • Dr. Mac December 31, 2021, 8:17 am

      Don’t believe your lyin eyes, Griz. We saw him do it.

      • alex January 2, 2022, 11:51 pm

        there’s no lying your way out of video!

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