12-year-old killed in accidental shooting at McDonald’s drive-thru has been identified


Officials with the Lubbock Police Department say a 12-year-old boy was shot in a vehicle in the drive-thru at McDonald’s at 50th Street and I-27.

Police say the shooting appears to be accidental.

Family members and police reports have identified the child as 12-year-old Damien Cortez.

Emergency officials received a call around 6:20 p.m. about someone being shot at the restaurant’s drive-thru. Witnesses say a car pulled into the drive-thru, the McDonald’s employee heard a pop through his speaker, then came out and found a person dead.

The investigation revealed there were six people inside a vehicle going through the drive-thru. One of the 12-year-old’s siblings, a teenager, was in possession of a gun. At some point inside the car, the gun was pulled out and was fired, striking the 12-year-old.

Detectives with LPD’s Persons Crimes Unit were called to the scene to begin an investigation into the shooting. Detectives are investigating all aspects of this incident including how the teen came into possession of the gun. They are also investigating who knew the teen was in possession of the gun.

All involved parties in the shooting are cooperating with investigators.

People inside the restaurant were not allowed to leave until 8 p.m.

Investigators will continue to gather information and present the case to the Lubbock County District Attorney’s Office for their review.

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