Teen shot in the neck while answering door

16-year-old critically injured in southwest Houston shooting

Published On: May 27 2013 05:51:52 AM CDT   Updated On: May 27 2013 05:52:08 PM CDT
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HOUSTON -

Houston police are looking for the gunman who shot a southwest Houston boy who was answering his front door Sunday night.

The 16-year-old was at a home on Gentry Street and James Street Sunday night around 9:00 p.m. when he was shot.

The boy’s uncle, Jose Moreno, told Local 2 the teen was an innocent bystander caught in the middle of an ongoing fight.

“It had nothing to do with him,” said Moreno. “They had a problem with his sister. And they came back and he was by himself.”

Moreno told Local 2 the 14-year-old sister’s ex-boyfriend was angry at her and either came to the house or sent a friend there to retaliate. But it was the girl’s 16-year-old brother who was home alone when he answered the door and was shot.

Neighbors heard the injured boy pleading for help.

Marcal Cordoba said at first he heard loud screams, but as he ran closer, he could see the teen was getting weaker.

“I hear something real soft like ‘help,’” said Cordoba. “And we go in and we see the guy with blood.”

Juan Leon kneeled next to the boy on the ground and tried to use his own shirt to stop the bleeding until Houston police arrived.  

“I take off my shirt and put on the hole and put pressure,” said Leon.

Witnesses said the suspect or suspects fled the scene in a car.

The boy is being treated at a Houston hospital.