A 24-year-old man was in custody Tuesday accused in the shooting death of a 14-year-old Fort Worth boy.
Police identified the suspect as Jose Mahugnos, 24. Mahugnos, who was arrested Monday, told police he thought the gun he was holding wasn’t loaded, police said.
German Serrano, 14, died Friday afternoon at John Peter Smith Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office website.
Mahugnos and the teen were among visitors at a house in the 3000 block of Hanger Avenue in east Fort Worth when the shooting occurred about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, police said.
“The investigation revealed that several individuals were in a residence,” homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson said in an interview Friday with the Star-Telegram. The suspect “had a weapon in the room. The male pulled the trigger, shooting the victim.”
Mahugnos was questioned and released shortly after the shooting.
Mahugnos was in the Mansfield Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $70,000, facing a charge of manslaughter. He also was being held on an immigration detainer, according to jail records.