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ECSO makes arrest in 2022 deadly shooting

Three months after the shooting, a juvenile has been arrested for murder.

ODESSA, Texas —

The Ector County Sheriff’s Office made an arrest Tuesday in connection to a deadly shooting that happened in December of 2022.

According to ECSO, the Criminal Investigation Division executed a search warrant in the 1300 block of Whitaker Avenue.

A juvenile boy was arrested for murder and taken to the Ector County Youth Center.

Because of the boy's age, a name will not be released.

According to Sheriff Mike Griffis, on Dec. 19, 2022, at 5:47 p.m., deputies were dispatched to 13953 Firewater in reference to a gunshot victim.

A 20-year-old man was taken to the emergency room by ambulance. He was pronounced dead at around 6:30 p.m.

The victim was identified as Jeremiah Nathaniel Padilla.

Deputies later learned that Odessa police were dispatched to Odessa Regional Medical Center in reference to a 16-year-old boy suffering from at least one gunshot wound. His condition is currently unknown.

According to ECSO, a person dropped the teenager off at the hospital and left. At last update, the sheriff's office was looking for that person.

They did have a vehicle in custody that was used to drop the teen off at the hospital. Two different kinds of shell casings were found inside the truck and at the scene.

At the time of the shooting, they did not believe the person who dropped the person off was the same person at the scene of the crime.

It was believed that the hospitalized victim was related to the deadly shooting on Firewater.

During a press conference, Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said he is concerned at how young these shooting victims are getting and pleaded with parents to know where their children are at.

This is all the information available at this time. We will update this story as more details are released.

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