2 teens charged in shooting that killed 16-year-old outside Gwinnett supermarket


Florida deputies have arrested two teens in connection with a deadly shooting in Gwinnett County.

Police responded to the shooting at the La Mexicana supermarket off Beaver Ruin Road around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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Officers found 16-year-old Ryan Rodriguez Romero dead of a gunshot wound in his car less than a mile from the crime scene. Police said 17-year-old Elizabeth Bravo was also injured in the shooting.

Gwinnett County Police said they have identified two suspects through surveillance video and witness statements.

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The Walton County Sheriff’s Office in Florida took into custody the two suspects, a 16-year-old girl and a 16-year-old boy, on Thursday, according to police.

Both teens have been charged with murder with intent, felony murder and aggravated assault. Police have not released the names of the suspects.

The pair are being held in Florida until deputies can return them to Gwinnett County.

On Friday, Channel 2’s Matt Johnson spoke off-camera to Bravo, who said she could have been paralyzed during the shooting. Police confirmed that an inch or more to the right and the bullet would have passed through Bravo’s spine.

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A mother who was nearby when it happened said it upset her to see so many young people getting involved in gun violence.

Catherine Martinez heard the gunshots from a block away the night Romero and Bravo were shot. She said her daughter goes to Berkmar High School with Bravo.

“It’s very traumatic. I have teenage children,” Martinez said. “My daughter had an anxiety attack sitting here in the parking lot.”

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Detectives go to Florida to talk to the two arrested teens.

A police report suggested that drugs may have been involved when Romero met with someone to collect money. At one point, witnesses said they saw gunshots coming from a van and into the car the victims were in.

“It has to stop soon before someone else loses their life,” Martinez said.