HOUSTON – KPRC Channel 2 has learned new information about what may have led up to a shooting nearly two months ago that wounded a 1-year-old boy.
On July 19, Houston police released details about an additional incident almost immediately preceding the shooting of an infant at 8600 Mullins Drive about 5:30 p.m. on May 22.
Houston police said, "About 5 p.m., two groups, described only as black males in their early 20s, began arguing at a gas station at 5330 North Braeswood. One group was in a gray Nissan Maxima and the other group was in a black Nissan Versa. During the argument, one of the males in the Versa got out of the vehicle and displayed a pistol. The males in the Maxima then fled at a high rate of speed. The males in the Versa pursued, firing shots at the Maxima, before the Maxima’s driver was able to elude his pursuers. A short time later, the infant and his mother were traveling southbound on Mullins Drive from Beechnut when they passed the Versa traveling northbound. As they passed, shots were fired from inside the Versa, striking the child in both legs. The mother was not wounded. The child was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and later released."
A sketch of the suspect who displayed a pistol at the gas station was released July 14.
Police earlier released surveillance video of the Nissan Versa believed to be connected to the case.
The child is out of the hospital, but he’s still a long way from being healed.
"(The) bullet actually entered the rear passenger door, went through his car seat, entered his right leg, exited his leg, grazed his stomach, entered his left leg, broke his femur, nicked his femoral artery and exited the left leg," his mother said.
"I feel a bit better knowing that it was a case of 'mistaken identity' so to speak. But that doesn't negate the fact that my baby ended up in the hospital with five bullet wounds and a broken femur, spent four weeks in a cast, had to be quarantined to the house for six weeks while on aspirin for an arterial injury, and just last week had surgery to remove two cubic centimeters of car seat fiber that was embedded in his leg. Whether we were shot 'accidentally' or not is beside the point. These people need to be caught and someone out there knows more than they are saying. Please come forward. And remember that there is a $10,000 reward through Crimestoppers for any tip leading to an arrest," the child's mother said.
Anyone with information about the case was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.