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UPDATE: More Than One Gunman Involved In Shooting That Left Two Children Wounded, HPD Says

Mayor Turner urges the public to help investigators and assures these incidents will not be the “new normal” in Houston

The Houston Police Department (HPD) believes there was more than one shooter involved in a shooting that happened in south Houston on Thursday evening and that left two children wounded.

“We do believe there was more than one shooter and there was more than one firearm used in this incident,” said HPD executive assistant chief Matt Slinkard during a press conference held on Friday morning by Mayor Sylvester Turner near the place where the shooting happened.

Slinkard reported that the 8 year-old boy that was injured, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head, is still in critical condition and that his five year-old sister, who was wounded in one of her legs, continues to be medically treated.

The executive assistant chief added the leads HPD has at this moment “indicate that we are looking at a light colored vehicle.”

Slinkard explained investigators are canvasing all the businesses located in the area where the shooting happened and are also looking for any video recorded in the area.

Mayor Turner urged Houstonians to provide HPD with any information they may have regarding the shooting.

“Somebody knows the shooter or shooters,” Turner said while adding: “If you know something, you need to step up.”

“These are individuals who had no problem shooting our kids, and they are our kids,” the mayor emphasized, as he underlined that “we are gonna stand and we are gonna fight for our children” and assured: “this is not the new normal in the city of Houston.”

 

According to initial reports, police believe the incident may have been a targeted drive-by shooting. It happened around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, on Scott Street near Wheeler Avenue. 

On Thursday evening, HPD executive assistant chief Troy Finner said that the siblings were sitting in their mother’s car when someone drove by and opened fire on the vehicle.

The mother had reportedly stepped into a nail salon across the street to check on the wait time before the shooting occurred.

Finner said an 11-year-old, also in the car, was not wounded.

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