Police investigate deadly Christmas shooting in Gainesville

By: Allison Harris Email
By: Allison Harris Email

GAINESVILLE, TEXAS -- David Moore heard it happen.

"Sitting on the edge of the bed watching TV and I heard six shots went off. I waited ten minutes before I decided to come outside and when I came outside, looked down the road, there were some people down there fussing and fighting and stuff," Moore said.

At the time, Moore didn't know that his cousin's infant granddaughter was in the home where he says the shots rang out.

"If I would've knew that, I probably would've went down there and got her," Moore said.

Gainesville police say the child wasn't injured, but 27-year-old Ricardo Lopez Mata of Gainesville died.

No arrests have been made.

Police declined an interview, but did release a statement saying the shots were fired in the 600 block of South Weaver Street before 2 a.m. on Christmas.

Moore says it was dark, so he couldn't see much, but he did see a couple arguing.

"I saw a lady and a man fighting and he picked her up and stuff. That's when I thought something was really serious because they kept hollering and hollering and stuff. I didn't know what was really going on," Moore said.

It's not the first time this street has been rattled. The house across from Moore's exploded after a gas leak nearly a year ago.

Moore says that was crazy, but this shooting is scary.

"That right there kinda alert a whole lot of people on Christmas morning," Moore said.

Police continue to investigate the shooting and Mata's death.


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