DALLAS, Texas — Five people, all under the age of 21, have been charged with capital murder in connection with the shooting deaths of two others, also under the age of 21, at an east Dallas gas station on Friday morning.
On Friday, May 15, 2020, at approximately 6:27 a.m., the Dallas Police Department responded to the shooting at the Exxon gas station at 9199 Bruton Road. There, police discovered 17-year-old Jason Baez and 21-year-old Christian Marmolejo deceased in the parking lot of apparent gunshot wounds.
Arrested and charged with capital murder were 20-year-old Luis Gonzalez-Muniz, 18-year-old Jose Garcia, 21-year-old Christopher Avila, 18-year-old Dunia Figueroa, and 19-year-old Laysha Garcia.
Through the course of the investigation and review of video surveillance video, investigators learned Baez, Marmolejo, Figueroa, and Laysha Garcia arrived at the gas station together in a vehicle. Baez and Marmolejo were seated in the front seats and Figueroa and Laysha Garcia were seated in the backseat.
A red Dodge Charger drove into the parking lot and parked directly in front of the victims' vehicle. Three armed individuals in the Dodge Charge, identified by police as Gonzalez-Muniz, Jose Garcia, and Avila, then allegedly exited their vehicle and confronted Baez and Marmolejo.
"A brief altercation occurred, and when the victims attempted to run away, they were shot multiple times by the suspects," stated the Dallas Police Department. "All three suspects, along with the two females from the victim’s car, got into the charger and fled the scene."
Police say, as they fled, the Dodge Charger appeared to have lost control and crashed in the 8900 block of Shorelark Drive.
A witness observed the incident and notified police. After a subsequent search of the area, the five individuals were located hiding in a shed a few blocks from the crash scene.
All five have been booked into the Dallas County Jail on the capital murder charges. Gonzalez-Muniz, Jose Garcia, and Avila are being held on $1 million bonds, Figueroa is being held on a $750,000 bond, and Laysha Garcia is being held on a $500,000 bond.