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12-year-old boy shot in chest while walking in southwest Houston

HOUSTON – A 12-year-old boy was hit in the chest Monday in a drive-by shooting in a southwest Houston neighborhood, police said.

The boy told investigators he was walking home talking on the phone on Pine Knoll near Leawood Boulevard about midnight.

He said a car pulled up and a gunman shot at him once, hitting him in the chest, according to police.

Police said there were at least two people in the car.

The boy’s mother drove him to Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest. Paramedics transferred him to the Texas Medical Center in stable condition.

Police said the boy was alert and conscious.

Police did not immediately release a description of the shooter or the car they were driving.

Police were investigating whether the boy was targeted.

“It’s frightening and it’s hard to live when you’re afraid to open your door,” said one longtime neighbor, who didn’t want to identify herself. “I hope you find who hurt this little boy.”