U.S. Marine Arrested in Fatal NYE Shooting of TX College Student
A Marine stationed in Arizona was arrested Tuesday in the fatal shooting early on New Year's Day of a North Texas college student, AP reported.
The U.S. Marine Corps said in a statement that Cpl. Eric Johnson, 20, was taken into custody at the north gate of the Marine Corps air station in Yuma, Arizona. Police in Denton, Texas, said he was arrested on a murder warrant in the death of 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner.
Other people who were in the SUV with Johnson are considered "persons of interest and witnesses."
Johnson was assigned to the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 after joining the Marine Corps in 2013 and had never been deployed.
Read more on the arrest, here.
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A 20-year-old Texas college student was shot dead while driving her friends home from a New Year's party.
Sara Mutschlechner was serving as designated driver for her friends when they exchanged words with "five or six men" in a black SUV.
The SUV then pulled up alongside Mutschlechner's car and someone opened fire, striking Mutschlechner in the head and causing her to crash.
Police said that some of the men in the SUV were at the same party as Mutschlechner and her friends.
Authorities in Denton are still searching for the suspects and are looking at CCTV footage near where the shooting occurred.
FOX 4 reported:
Witnesses told police there were five or six young black men in the SUV, which drove off. They recognized at least two of them from a big New Year’s Eve party on Crisoforo Drive.
Police encourage anyone with information about the party, the shooting or the SUV to call Investigator Eric Beckwith at 940-349-7974.
Mutschlechner was a junior at the University of North Texas.
UPDATE: A Denton, Texas, police spokesman said on "Fox and Friends" Tuesday that "persons of interest" have been identified and that the department "feels good about the direction of the investigation."
Officer Shane Kizer said that they have surveillance video, but are not releasing it at this time in order to avoid any chance of compromising the investigation.
Kizer confirmed that Mutschlechner was not drinking at the party and that "ugly words" were exchanged after the men pulled up next to Mutschlechner's car at an intersection.
Shortly thereafter, two rounds were fired into the car.
He said police do not believe that there was any earlier interaction between the men in the SUV and Mutschlechner or her friends at the party.
Kizer said police believe the black male suspects are in the 16-25 age range.