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Men Arrested for Allegedly Shooting Two People During Gun Purchase

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Bullet casings, broken glass, and "DO NOT CROSS" tape. | Image by D-Keine

Dallas police arrested two men for allegedly shooting a man and woman last month while trying to buy guns off them with fake money, police said.

The Dallas Express previously reported on the shooting stating that officers found Ruby Gonzalez and Juan Carlos Sierra Garcia Jr. on October 12 at about 9 p.m. in the parking lot of a shopping center near Interstate 30 and Cockrell Hill Road after they had been shot.

According to police, Gonzalez, 18, and Garcia Jr., 19, were transferred to Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Garcia died shortly after he got to the hospital, while Gonzalez died four days later.

Rickey Downs and Tevaris Gibson were arrested on Tuesday in connection to the October 12 shooting and were both charged with capital murder.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Garcia sold firearms online, and he went to sell guns to Downs and Gibson on October 12. Gonzalez accompanied him in his pickup, police said.

The affidavit states that surveillance footage from a nearby Lowe’s Home Improvement store captured the meeting and showed that both suspects’ vehicles and Garcia’s pickup were seen leaving the scene while Gonzalez and Garcia lay in the parking lot.

Police recorded in the affidavit that they recovered bullet casings, fragments, and bloody fake money. Police also say they later found more fake money in the pickup abandoned near Singleton Boulevard and Westmoreland Road in West Dallas.

Police say that they surveilled Gibson’s home and saw him and Downs get into a car that looked similar to one that pulled up to the parking lot when the shooting occurred, as shown by the surveillance footage.

Data from Gibson’s and Downs’ cell phones also showed they were both in the area around the time the incident occurred. Fingerprints on the fake money were compared with Gibson’s, and they were a match.

According to Dallas Morning News, Gibson, 19, and Downs, 20, remained in the Dallas County Jail on Friday with Gibson’s bail set at $1.4 million and Downs’ bail set at just over $1 million. Gibson’s bail includes several aggravated assault-related counts aside from the capital murder charge.

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