Second suspect arrested in BJ's Restaurant shooting

Posted at 11:05 PM, Mar 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-19 16:07:10-04

The second suspect involved in the shooting at the B.J.'s Restaurant in March has been arrested.

The suspect was 16-years-old at the time, so his name will not be released. 

Detectives also arrested a 19-year-old for aggravated assault related to the shooting in the parking lot of the Waco BJ's.

During an investigation, police determined that the victim, 20-year-old Deondrae Jashawn Degrate, was in the process of making an illegal drug sale and when he was shot.

Suspects, including Eric Dewayne Brooks, 19, showed handguns during the robbery and shot Degrate several times in the back. The victim then fled into the restaurant for help.

The suspects left the scene.

Brooks was found in the McLennan County Jail arrested on unrelated charges of injury to disabled person.

He is only one of the suspects involved and additional arrests may be forthcoming, police say.

Waco police said the initial shooting call came in just before 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

Police say a confrontation took place between 20-year-old  Degrate and two other black males.

Officials believe he had been inside the restaurant and went to the parking lot to meet with someone.

Degrate was taken by ETMC to Hillcrest Hospital where he was treated for the gunshot wounds. 

The victim told officers that two black males, one wearing red clothing with dreadlocks, did the actual shooting and one other male was involved.

News Channel 25's Taylor Durden contributed to this story.

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