High School Student Killed at House Party

High School Student Killed at House Party

On Saturday night, a Mesquite High School sophomore was fatally shot at a house party.

There was a large house party at a residence in the 2100 block of Catskill Drive in Mesquite. At around 10 p.m. a large fight broke out, and it ended with a young man being shot in the head.

The house was located across the street from West Mesquite High School. When officers arrived at the scene, they found C. Elliott, 18, among a crowd of teenagers, suffering from a gunshot wound.

Elliott, a high school sophomore, was transported to a local hospital to treat a gunshot wound to the head, according to Mesquite Police Department Spokesman Brian Parrish. Elliott ultimately died from his wounds.

Police are in the midst of an investigation. Though they have been interviewing the guests at the party, they have yet to identify a suspect. It is unclear as to whether the shooter was a fellow student at Mesquite High School.

Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for tips that lead to an arrest.

Texas’ Murder Statute

In Texas, murder is covered under Sec. 19.02. Under this section, a person commits murder when he or she intentionally or knowingly causes the death of another human being. The offense of murder is a felony of the first degree, punishable by:

  • From 5 years to life imprisonment
  • Up to a $10,000 fine

How does Texas punish juveniles?

Since the victim was shot at a house party full of teenagers, there is a possibility that the shooter meets the definition of a “juvenile.” In Texas, a juvenile is someone who is at least 10 years of age, but not yet 17 at the time they committed a crime that if committed by an adult, would result in incarceration.

If the shooter was a juvenile, the county can request to have him or her certified as an adult. If that happens, the suspect would be considered an adult for criminal purposes and would not be under the control of the juvenile justice system.

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