FOREST PARK — Police have apprehended two suspects in connection with the fatal shooting of a 13-year-old boy who was gunned down during an armed robbery and attempted carjacking outside Atlanta.
Gilberto Gomez Jr. of Forest Park and Sergio Reyes Alvear of Atlanta, both 18, were in custody Thursday. Both men face murder charges, according to Clayton County Jail records.
Two men in an SUV approached Steven Galindo as he was putting air in the tire of his sister’s Chevy truck Monday night in Forest Park — just south of Atlanta — authorities said. They demanded the keys to the woman’s truck and their other belongings.
Police tell WXIA-TV that both suspects said the motive was to steal the truck because of its specialized doors, which are a similar style to a Lamborghini. The so-called butterfly doors swing up to open rather than out.
However, police said that one of the suspects put the key in the ignition and it would not start. One suspect then used a baseball bat to bash the vehicle’s hood, authorities said.
“They were upset because the vehicle would not start,” Clayton County Police Maj. Johnny Robinson told WSB Radio. “And if they couldn’t get it, they made the decision that no one else would have it either.”
One of the suspects used a bat to bash the truck, while the other suspect was firing a gun into the truck, Robinson said.
Steven’s sister, 22-year-old Samaria Diaz, said that although she’d had the truck for a while, she had just gotten the tricked-out Chevrolet Silverado registered and insured earlier that day.
Diaz said she and her brother had been backing away from the gunman when Steven was hit by gunfire.
“He shouted, ‘I’ve been shot,’” Diaz said. “I was holding him in my arms when he died.”