16-year-old, 2 men injured in drive-by shooting in southeast Houston

HOUSTON – Houston police are looking for the shooter that left a teen and two men injured Monday in southeast Houston.

Officers said the three victims were sitting on a porch area of a building inside the Scott Plaza Apartments in the 4200 block of Barberry just before 11:30 p.m. Monday when a dark-colored, four-door sedan with tinted windows drove by and started shooting at them.

The teen, Marcus Cherry, 16, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.

"As Marcus laid on the ground, I held his pulse, which he didn't have at first,” said Tamara Lewis, who lives in an apartment that shares the porch where the group was shot.  “We called 9-11, they said do chest compressions. We did chest compressions for six minutes. He did come back."

The two men, ages 18 and 20, whose names have not been released, were taken to Ben Taub General Hospital and are expected to be OK. Witnesses said the two men ran after they were shot, but Cherry collapsed.

"I had one young lady pumping his heart, keep his heart pumping and we talked to him," Carolyn Holiday said. Cherry collapsed in front of Holiday’s unit. Holiday said she tried to keep the scene calm, talking to Cherry, before paramedics arrived.

A bullet pierced Holiday’s living room window, and a wall in front of her unit. Lewis’ unit also had damage from gunshots – both from Monday night’s shooting – and others, she said.

"I have eight gun holes in my home,” Lewis said.

In fact, bullet holes are a common sight around Scott Plaza Apartments.  Residents told KPRC2 they had grown accustomed to gun violence.  The most recent homicide occurred on May 23.

According to Houston Police, officers found Jamil Melvay Penix, 23, in the parking lot at the eastside of the complex, with one gunshot wound. Paramedics said he died at the scene.

"It's not the first time this has happened,” Carolyn Holiday said as she recounted helping Marcus Cherry.

The motive for the shooting is unknown.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.