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UPDATE: HPD Says Shooting That Killed 8 Year-Old Boy Is Gang Related

Mayor Turner and Chief Acevedo ask again for help from the public with the investigation

One of the lead investigators of a shooting that occurred in south Houston on March 1 and that has caused the death of an 8 year-old boy said Thursday the incident is related to gangs.

“Without a doubt, confirmed, gang relation,” assured Houston Police Department (HPD) detective Alexander Vinogradov during a news availability Chief Art Acevedo held at the department’s headquarters to discuss the death of Tristian Hutchins.

Earlier on Thursday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner had lamented Hutchins’ death on his Twitter account.

Hutchins was the victim of a shooting that happened at the 3900 block of Scott Street. He and his sister were shot while they were inside their mother’s car.

“This community needs to be outraged,” said Acevedo who, same as Turner, asked once again for help from the public and said he is “hopeful” somebody will “come forward.”

Hutchins, who was shot in the head, died on Wednesday from his injuries, according to a news article by the Houston Chronicle that cited Acevedo.

Vinogradov added the investigators are actively working on “several leads” and HPD investigators said on March 2 they believed there was more than one shooter involved in the shooting.

The phone number for HPD’s Homicide Division is: 713-308-3600.

Houston City Council Member Dwight Boykins, who represents District D, also reacted to Hutchins’ death and said in a written statement that “there must be a change in federal, state, and local laws to reduce gun violence.”

“We must come together to end gun violence so that no family has to experience this type of pain,” added Boykins.

You can watch Chief Acevedo’s news availability here:

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