14-year-old shot in back when family meets stranger for online car sale in Fort Worth

A 14-year-old was shot in the back in west Fort Worth on Wednesday night when his family went to look at a car that had been advertised on social media.

The family drove to apartments off Normandale Street about 10 p.m. to meet a person who advertised having a car available for private sale, according to police.

The stranger they met pulled a gun and as the family tried to drive away, he shot the teen in the lower back, police said. The victim was taken to a hospital and was reported to be in stable condition after surgery.

Police have not announced an arrest in the case as of Thursday night.

The Fort Worth Police Department offers E-Commerce Exchange Zones in the lobbies and parking lots of its district offices as a safe place for buyers and sellers of items advertised online to meet. Gun sales are not allowed in those locations.

If you can’t go to a police station, Fort Worth police offer these tips when arranging an in-person meeting with someone for an exchange:

  • Don’t meet people at your home.

  • Meet in public at a place with a lot of people around such as a restaurant or shopping area.

  • Never conduct business inside a vehicle.

  • Try not to meet at night but if necessary, pick a well-lit and highly populated spot.

Anyone with information about Wednesday’s shooting can call in a tip to Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS.

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