According to the police, a three-year-old boy was found in a car with the body of a man who had been shot dead on Friday night.
Houston officials currently believe the incident took place around 8 p.m. Friday, KHOU 11 News reported. The victim had driven into West Houston to meet with someone, possibly the person who ultimately shot him. Police suspect the victim knew the shooter in some way before the incident.
Officials who were at the scene told KHOU that the victim’s body still had one foot on the vehicle’s parking brake. When investigators arrived and inspected the crime scene, police stayed nearby to ensure the infant left in the car was taken care of. It remains unclear what relationship the victim and child had, although one lieutenant casually referred to the victim as the boy’s father when addressing the media.
“If he sees that happening, he may have to grow up with it,” Houston Police Department commander Trey Coleman said in a statement. “Definitely a devastating thing.”
Police are working to compile a physical description of the suspected shooter and are looking for surveillance footage from around the shooting. At least one witness has so far claimed to have seen a man walking away from the vehicle after the shooting. No weapon was secured at the crime scene.
According to investigators at the scene, the child was unharmed. He was eventually taken into police custody, according to Fox 26 Houston.
“The child is fine. I just shook it,” said Lt. Larry Crowson according to the Houston Chronicle. “And he probably saw his father killed.”
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A similar incident involving young children witnessing violence occurred in Houston on April 10. Keshante Shamirra Harris, 27, is said to have shot her ex-boyfriend Aaron Williams multiple times in the arm and leg after he got his new girlfriend to return their child after a weekend visit, HPD reported. Williams sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and Harris was later arrested and charged with aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon and fatal conduct by firing a firearm.
Earlier on the night of April 7, Houston police reported that a grandfather was shot in the head after four intruders kicked in his door to pull off a robbery. The man’s two-year-old grandson was present in the house at the time, KHOU reported.
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