Accused gunman in deadly Pearland flea market shooting turns himself in to police

PEARLAND, Texas – The suspect accused of firing shots during a fatal flea market shooting in Pearland, Texas turned himself in on Tuesday, according to the Pearland Police Department.

David Negrete, 19, was booked into the Brazoria County Jail around 10 a.m. His bond was set at $500,000.

“So obviously with him in custody, we are sending our investigators down there to the Brazoria County Jail that’s where he turned himself in, we are trying to do some interview with him obviously to get his side of the story there’s a lot of pieces to this puzzle and this investigation,” Public Information Officer Chad Rogers said.

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Francisco Duarte, 10, was killed in the shooting, and four other people, a 14-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy, an 18-year-old man and a 37-year-old man, were injured.

On Tuesday, Pearland police and a Houston Police Department Dive Team were searching for evidence that was connected to the shooting in the Clear Creek stream north of Pearland.

“They were searching the body of water there potentially for investigative evidence that may be in that general area,” Chad Rogers with the Pearland Police Department said.

Authorities did not mention what evidence they were looking for. Crews had to later call off the search because of the currents, and they are expecting to be back on Wednesday, if the weather permits.

On Tuesday, KPRC’s Re’Chelle Turner spent the day reaching out to vendors and the owners of flea market to ask if they have questions about security and when the market will open.

With the holidays around the corner, several business owners could be impacted by the closure.

“Families are very dependent on the businesses that they run out of that flea market so it’s going to be important to them to figure out what they are going to do,” Rogers said.

On Sunday, police said the shooting, which happened at Cole’s Flea Market located in the 1000 block of North Main Street around 5:45 p.m., took place after two men got into an argument and then several shots were fired.

Julianna Espino and Cruz Meza, both 18, were also arrested on Monday in connection to the shooting. They were charged with tampering with physical evidence and making false statements to a peace officer.

Meza was also injured during the incident.

This case is still being investigated. Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting is asked to contact the Pearland Police Department Tip Line at 281-997-4211.

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