18-year-old shot and killed while playing video games in drive-by shooting at Dayton home, LCSO says

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Wednesday, June 28, 2023
Recent Dayton HS grad fatally shot while playing video games in room
Investigators believe the house was targeted. One of the guns used was likely high-caliber because the fatal shot went through the home, through a gaming chair, and into the victim's back.

LIBERTY COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- An 18-year-old playing video games was shot and killed in an apparent drive-by shooting at a mobile home in a Dayton neighborhood overnight, according to deputies.

Liberty County Sheriff's Office said dispatch received 911 calls at 12:10 a.m. Wednesday about multiple shots fired at a house on Private Road 4894, which is a dead-end dirt road off FM-1413, just south of Highway 90.

When deputies responded to the scene, they found a young man with a gunshot wound to the back. The 18-year-old was taken to Memorial Hermann via Life Flight, where he was later pronounced dead.

LCSO identified the victim as Gerardo Olivares Mancha. He just graduated from Dayton High School last month.

Investigators said there were four people inside the mobile home at the time of the shooting -- Olivares Mancha, his mother, his 16-year-old sister and his 20-year-old sister.

Captain David Meyers with the LCSO Criminal Investigation Division said no one else was hurt, despite multiple shots going through the home, including many shots into the mother's bedroom and living room.

"Most every vehicle that was in the driveway that was parked in front of the residence do have at least one bullet hole, if not multiple bullet holes," Meyers said. "There are numerous shots that went into the house."

Video from the scene shows the glass front door of the home shattered. Evidence markers were scattered around the front of the house.

Investigators believe more than one weapon was used, and one of the guns was high-caliber. Meyers said the fatal gunshot went through the house, through a gaming chair, and into Olivares Mancha's back.

As for why the shots were fired in the first place, deputies believe the attack was targeted, but they don't know why. It's possible it was a case of a mistaken address.

"This area is a little off the beating path. It is a dirt road, gravel road. It is a dead-end road as well, which does lead us to kind of believe that this possibly was a targeted house," Meyers said. "Whether it was the actual target house, or the wrong house and somebody got the wrong information, because there's many little cut-off roads out here. It's easy to get confused as to where you're at."

As for the suspect(s), Meyers said a witness reported seeing a pickup truck leave the area after the shooting. It's unclear how many people were inside the truck.

No further description about a possible suspect has been released.

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