It was the last day of school in June of 1992. Students at LCISD’s Lamar High School in Rosenberg were filtering across the campus, saying their goodbyes as finals came to a close. School was out; summer was tangible.
That Wednesday morning all appeared to be normal as the students finished up their finals. The calm was shattered when shortly after noon on June 3, 1992, in a front hallway of the high school, a 15-year-old freshman was shot.
The teen was flown by air ambulance to Houston and eventually recovered. No other injuries were reported that day. Rumors circulated and police investigated, but no arrests were made.
Over the next 18 years, that shy teen, who was shot because he was mistaken for someone else, has grown into a man with a successful Houston business and strong family ties.
When asked about the arrest of the man who shot him some 18 years later, he said, “That day does not define my life. I have moved past it.”
This 33 year old man refuses to see himself or act as a victim. In the years since the shooting, he and his brother, with the help of a former boss who became an investor, have built a nationally recognized garment design and imprint business.
On November 10, 2010 Rosenberg police announced they had made an arrest in the 1992 Lamar High School shooting. Assistant Police Chief Dallis Warrant said, “The department had received information that the suspect in the 1992 assault that occurred at Lamar High School was living in Schulenburg, Texas under an assumed name.”
Following that lead, Lt. Bryan Leach and Detective Philip Burch went to Schulenburg to the apartment where the suspect was reportedly living under the assumed name. When they encountered the apartment resident and asked his identity, he identified himself as Humberto Garcia said Warren. He is now 38.
Garcia was arrested by Leach and Burch on an outstanding warrant for Unlawfully Carrying a Weapon on school property. Garcia was brought back to Fort Bend County and booked into the jail where his bond was set at $25,000. At the time of the shooting, Garcia was 18 years old.
According to police, shortly after the shooting Garcia was believed to have fled to Mexico. Police did not say when or if Garcia was actually ever in Mexico or if he had just been living under an assumed name for all these years in Schulenburg.
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