LUBBOCK, Texas — Lubbock Police on Wednesday identified the teen involved in the deadly shooting at the South Plains Mall at 18-year-old Christopher Castillo.
At approximately 9:45 p.m., officers responded to the mall, 6202 Slide Road, for a report of shots fired, according to police.
Officers located Castillo with serious injuries in the parking lot between the movie theater and the carnival.
Castillo was taken to University Medical Center with serious injuries and eventually died from his injuries, according to police.
The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit was investigating the shooting Wednesday. Police said because the carnival was happening at the time, there were several witnesses to the shooting.
“There were quite a few witnesses. There were a lot of people who spoke to our officers last night. That’s part of what the Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit is focused on investigating the crime. So that means talking to witnesses, talking to the victim’s family, trying to get as much information as they possibly can in order to solve this case,” said Spokesperson for LPD, Kasie Davis.
Castillo’s family remembers him as a protective and loving person. He was the youngest of 5 and had just turned 18 on April 11. He leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter.
Castillo’s mother has started a fundraiser to help pay for funeral expenses. You can find the link to donate here.
The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit hopes to identify the suspect as soon as possible to allow the family to have some closure.
“Anytime there’s a loss of life, that’s heartbreaking, and we extend our deepest condolences to the Castillo family. At the end of the day, they lost a child, a mother lost her son, a family member is now without someone they loved very much, and at the end of the day, that’s absolutely heartbreaking,” said Davis.
Here is the latest news release on the shooting from Lubbock Police below:
(LUBBOCK, TX) –The Metropolitan Special Crimes Unit is asking for assistance from the public for information leading to an arrest in Tuesday night’s shooting.
Lubbock Police were called to the South Plains Mall at 9:43 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th for reports of shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers located 18-year-old Christopher Castillo in the parking lot between the movie theater and the carnival, with serious injuries. Castillo was transported to University Medical Center via ambulance with a gunshot wound to the chest. Castillo was later pronounced deceased.
Investigators are asking anyone with information related to the shooting to call Crime Line at 741-1000. A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered.