Teenager Injured in Big Spring Shooting

Teenager Injured in Big Spring Shooting

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - A 17-year-old girl remains in critical condition following a shooting in Big Spring Thursday night.

Abigail Valencia of Big Spring was brought to the hospital by private vehicle driven by her boyfriend.  She appeared to have a single gun shot wound to the left side of her head, near the ear and was in critical condition.

Anguiano told officers he and Abigail were walking in the area of Circle and Sycamore when a black Escalade came around the corner and a shot was fired from the vehicle and struck Abigail. He advised that a friend of  his drove by and let him take his vehicle to get Abigail to the hospital.

Investigators were called out and Patrol Officers attempted to find the crime scene. As investigators talked to witnesses Anguiano's story began to unravel.

It was found that the shooting had occurred at 1317 Tucson. The crime scene was located there and was processed. At this point Dakota Anguiano was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The weapon was not at the scene but the investigation led to a subject who had removed the weapon from the scene and hidden it in another home on Tucson Street.

The weapon, a .45 cal. handgun was recovered and the subject arrested. He was identified as 19-year-old  David Westbrook of Big Spring. He is charged with Tampering With Evidence. There has been no motive established at this time and officers believe that Abigail's 2 year old daughter was in the room when her mother was shot.

She has been placed with Abigail's family and was not physically injured. Abigail was flown to University Medical Center in Lubbock and is in critical condition.

Anguiano and Westbrook remain in the Detention Center pending arraignment.

The investigation continues.