12 year old boy shot and killed in Lubbock McDonald's drive-thru


Investigators with the Lubbock Police Department’s Persons Crimes Unit is investigating the death of a 12-year-old male who was shot outside a restaurant at the corner of 50th Street and Interstate 27.

The child was pronounced deceased at the scene. He has been identified as Damien Cortez.

At this time, preliminary information indicates the shooting appears to be accidental.

On Thursday, at approximately 6:20 p.m., the Lubbock Police Department received a call referencing a male had been shot inside a vehicle at the restaurant’s drive-thru.

Upon further investigation, officers found the incident involved a family of six inside a car going through the drive-thru of the restaurant. Officers were advised that a teen sibling 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, to include 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.

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

Cortez had been a student in the Lubbock ISD,  and most recently Roosevelt ISD.

Lubbock ISD issued the following statement:

"Damien was a very bright child. He was the spelling bee champion at Hodges last year,” said Elsa Montes, principal at Hodges Elementary, where Damien attended school last year.

"He was a big fan of Estacado High School graduate and professional baseball player AJ Ramos. A Lubbock ISD employee gave Damien the opportunity to attend a baseball camp with AJ Ramos, where this photo was taken."

Roosevelt ISD issued the following statement:

"We are heartbroken at the loss of life at such a young age.  We have our own counselors, as well as from neighboring districts, available to meet with his classmates to provide any needed emotional support.  Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to his family and friends impacted by this tragedy."

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