WACO, Texas — A 17-year-old was arrested in connection with three shootings last week that left one person dead in Waco.
Police say the shootings were linked to the victims' recent use of a social media dating app primarily used by gay men.
Through multiple investigative leads, the Waco Police Department says they identified 17-year-old Damarion Trammell Degrate as a suspect in the case. He was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force on Friday.
On Monday, August 17, 2020, the Waco Police Department responded to three shooting incidents over the span of approximately six hours — one of those shootings resulted in a fatality.
Degrate was charged with attempted murder in connection with the first shooting reported on Aug. 17, according to the Waco Police Department.
"Mr. Degrate is considered a suspect in the shooting death of 23-year-old, Jonathan Breeding, and the third shooting victim," read a statement from the department.
"Early on detectives established a link with all three shooting victims who used an online dating app primarily used by gay men," stated the department. "We continue to caution our citizens when using dating applications, in particularly those that cater to the LGBTQ+ community. We strongly recommend arranging online dating meetings in public venues."
"We identified early in the investigation a link between the three shootings and the danger this suspect presented to our community," stated Interim Chief of Police, Frank Gentsch. "The arrest today was the result of our Special Crimes Detectives' tireless efforts, along with our support staff, including our Crime Scene Unit and Computer Forensic Unit. I also want to thank the FBI and the United States Marshal Service for their assistance in these cases.”