Brothers charged in deadly Haverstock Hill Apartments shooting denied bond
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Brothers Harvey and Jeremy Jones appeared in court Thursday in connection to a shooting that left two people dead and four others critically injured on March 26 at an apartment complex in north Houston, according to officials.
The pair were taken into custody around 11 p.m. Wednesday.
Jeremy, 28, was charged with capital murder, according to court documents, but that charge has since been dropped.
Harvey, 34, is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Both were denied bond during a hearing in probable cause court.
Homicide detectives said that around 7 p.m. they arrived at 5619 Aldine Bender Lane -- the Haverstock Hills Apartments -- where six people had been shot approximately 30 minutes before.
Gary Rushner, 31, was found dead with gunshot wounds to the head and leg.
Christopher Beatty, 33, died at the hospital after being shot in the left leg and lower back.
Two other men and two other women were also shot. They were taken to different hospitals in critical condition, according to court documents.
Investigators spoke to several people who witnessed the shooting.
One witness told detectives that two similar looking, heavy-set black men and a woman with bleach-blonde hair were driving a white four-door-sedan when one of the men began shooting at a group of people who were sitting and standing outside of Building 6 at the often troublesome apartment complex.
The witness told authorities the weapon used was a semi-automatic machine gun or assault rifle, possibly an AR-15.
The same witness told police that the shooting started over a woman sitting on the steps below her apartment. Several witnesses said the bleach-blonde woman stated that the woman on the steps was a police officer.
The witness said two men got guns from the trunk of the car and approached the group of people standing outside the building. After words were exchanged, the witness said it appeared that the men were going back to their car to leave.
Witnesses said one man was threatening the group of people with a gun, but he placed it back in the trunk.
Witnesses told authorities that one of the men grabbed a gun from the trunk and opened fire on the group of people.
Investigators said there was no evidence that any of the group of people who were fired upon were in possession of guns at the time or leading up to the shooting.
Twenty-four empty .223-caliber casings along with one live .223-caliber round were found in the parking lot where the shooting occurred.
No other casings were recovered, and no weapons were found.
Numerous bullet holes were found in walls and doors of the complex as well as a vehicle.
A man came forward after learning that his vehicle was the white sedan used in the shooting.
He told authorities that he let a friend borrow the vehicle weeks before the shooting. The woman called the man and told him she had left the car at a nearby apartment complex.
When he got to the vehicle, he found it open with the keys in the ignition. The woman would not answer his calls. A friend of his that lives at the Haverstock Hills Apartments told him that the vehicle was used in the shooting and was one of the getaway vehicles.
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