HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The Houston Police Department has made an arrest in the shooting death of a local teen in a Whataburger parking lot.
15-year-old Victoria Cantu was shot January 4 after her friends were in a confrontation with other teens, and shots were fired. The teens drove Cantu to a Whataburger for help, before she passed away in the back seat of the car.
18-year-old Gabriel Cantu has been charged with the Victoria's murder. They are not related.
Around 9:30 Wednesday evening, law enforcement ran an arrest warrant at Gabriel Cantu's grandmother's house. The suspect identified by San Jacinto County Sheriff's Department as Cantu ran into nearby woods.
The Montgomery County SWAT team apprehended him, and he was transported to San Jacinto County Jail on a murder warrant where he spent the night in jail.
Thursday afternoon, Cantu was transferred to Harris County Jail.
New details of the crime were revealed in probable cause court.
Investigators say the alleged killer was riding shotgun at an amateur car show event in north Houston. Cars were circling one another inside a parking lot when the silver Chevy Malibu he was in was cut off by a red Acura .
Cantu allegedly followed the vehicle, then hung out the window and fired several shots with an assault rifle.
One of the bullets pierced through the trunk and the backseat before hitting 15-year-old Victoria Cantu in the back. She died from that shot.
Tips from witnesses, who identified the shooter by name helped lead authorities to him.
The investigation is ongoing, and authorities have not approved a release of Cantu's mugshot.