Teen, juvenile charged in deadly shootout in Houston’s First Ward

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Teen, juvenile charged in deadly shootout in Houston’s First Ward

A 19-year-old and a juvenile are each facing a charge of capital murder after a drug buy turned into a deadly shootout earlier this month.

Daniel Puccio, 19, told homicide detectives he asked 23-year-old Tristan Youngs to meet him in the 2100 block of Johnson Street late on March 1 under the guise of purchasing narcotics from Youngs, Houston police say. In reality, he admitted he intended to rob Youngs, police said.

As the two met face-to-face around 11 p.m. that night, Puccio ran away. At the same time, 18-year-old Tomas Amieza-Mejia and a 16-year-old boy ran out from a vacant home and rushed the unsuspecting Youngs, police said.

Youngs and Amieza-Mejia started shooting at each other, both of whom were mortally wounded. Youngs died on scene while Amieza-Mejia was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, police said.

Puccio and the juvenile were unscathed. Both were arrested and charged with capital murder in the following days.

Jay R. Jordan covers breaking news in the Houston area. Read him on our breaking news site , Chron.com , and our subscriber site , HoustonChronicle.com | Follow him on Twitter at @JayRJordan | Email him at jay.jordan@chron.com

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