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Man arrested after teen with gunshot wound dies at Midland Memorial Hospital

According to an arrest affidavit, Barraza had been waving the gun back and forth while driving when it discharged and hit the victim.

MIDLAND, Texas — Midland Police have arrested a man after a 19 year old died from a gunshot wound.

Officers responded to Midland Memorial Hospital around 5:20 p.m. Friday in reference to a gunshot victim.

Arturo Barraza, 21, transported the victim, Estrella Moreno, 19, to the hospital. Moreno had sustained a gunshot wound.

Moreno was later pronounced dead.

According to an arrest affidavit for Barraza, when police arrived at the hospital they saw Moreno on the ground with medical staff around her. 

Offices asked Barraza what happened to which he replied he did it and told them the gun was under the seat of his vehicle.

Police did locate a 9mm pistol in the car and took Barraza to the department for questioning. 

Barraza told police he had been driving on Loop 250 north of the intersection of I-20. While driving he grabbed the gun and began waving it back and forth.

This was when the pistol discharged, hitting Morena and causing her death.

He was later arrested and charged with manslaughter. His bond has been set at $1 million.

The investigation is still ongoing and next of kin has been notified.

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