Dallas Police Department officers are looking for a teenager they believe shot and killed a former Highland Park High School student during what police say appears to be a drug deal gone wrong. According to a description from witnesses who accompanied the victim, Joseph Pintucci, to the garage, the 18-year-old's shooter is Latino, between 18 and 19 years old and 5 feet, 6 inches tall. At the time of the shooting, he was wearing a gold teeth grill with diamonds, according to the description being given out by police, and might have been wearing a gray hoodie and jeans.
Late Thursday night, Pintucci got in touch with three people via an instant messaging app, police said. After the shooter and two others agreed to buy drugs from Pintucci, the group met in the Park Lane parking garage at Central Expressway that serves retailers like Whole Foods and Dick's Sporting Goods.
After making small talk for a few minutes, police said, the shooter and the two others pulled guns on Pintucci and two other men who'd come along for the deal, demanding the drugs. Pintucci handed the drugs over, but the gunman shot him anyway, according to police.
Saturday, the two witnesses who accompanied to Pintucci to the drug deal identified Rene Eduardo Montanez Jr. as being one of the three robbers, but not the shooter. The sketch of the shooter was drawn based on their descriptions. DPD also released surveillance video from the scene, showing portions of the alleged robbery, as well as a 2005 black Chevy Tahoe that they believe could be the getaway car.
During an interview with police, Montanez said he didn't rob or shoot Pintucci. He's been charged with capital murder and is in Dallas County Jail. His bond is $500,000.
In a statement to The Dallas Morning News, Andrea Haag, Pintucci's legal guardian, called her son a "gentle soul."
"My child made a poor choice to be involved in a transfer of marijuana, a substance which is legal in 33 states of our country," Haag said. "This does not define his life. Make no mistake, this child was the victim of a senseless and violent murder."
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