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Wounded teen found outside Garland restaurant dies at hospital

Garland police are investiating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found bleeding in the parking lot of a Chili’s Bar and Grill located in the 3200 block of north President George Bush Turnpike.
Garland police are investiating the circumstances surrounding the death of a man found bleeding in the parking lot of a Chili’s Bar and Grill located in the 3200 block of north President George Bush Turnpike.

A 15-year-old suspect has been detained in connection with the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old outside a Chili’s Bar and Grill in Garland.

Police responded to the call shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chili’s Bar and Grill in the 3200 block of north President George Bush Turnpike, said Pedro Barineau, Garland police spokesman.

According to authorities, Ruben Trinidad, 17, Garland, was found by his friends bleeding in the restaurant parking lot. Trinidad was taken to a local hospital where he died, Barineau said.

Witnesses told police that Trinidad had been inside the restaurant with friends but he went outside to meet someone. His friends went outside to look for him after Trinidad did not return and found him wounded, Barineau said.

It was later determined Trinidad died from a gunshot wound, according to a news release from the Garland Police Department.

Homicide detectives believe Trinidad met the suspect in a vehicle that was in the parking lot of the restaurant, the release said. The juvenile pulled out a gun, shot the victim and fled from the location, police said.

This is an ongoing investigation, police said.

Mitch Mitchell: 817-390-7752, @mitchmitchel3

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If anyone has any information regarding Trinidad’s death they are encouraged to call the Garland Police Department at 972-485-4840.

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