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Sniper Victim Dies In Texas

Fri., Dec. 29, 1995

A motorist died after being shot in the head on Christmas, allegedly by a 13-year-old sniper who might have been trying to make a truck overturn and spill toys.

Alberto Tarango, 41, died Wednesday. He was wounded while driving on Interstate 10.

Ricardo Soto, 13, is charged as a juvenile with deadly conduct and could face additional charges as a result of Tarango’s death.

Investigators said that they were not sure what led to the shooting but that the youngster’s 9-year-old brother told them the older boy wanted to shoot out the tires of a tractor-trailer he thought was carrying video games. Instead, the shot hit Tarango’s pickup.

The El Paso Times reported Thursday that the 9-year-old told the newspaper that he had lied to investigators and that his brother never told him anything about trying to shoot a truck to get toys.

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