HOUSTON – Two men were killed Sunday and a 16-year-old was injured in a shootout in the Alief area of southwest Houston, police said.
The shooting was reported about 10:30 p.m. at Huntington Glen Drive and Keegan Road.
Police said people in two vehicles shot at each other. The driver of an SUV, 18-year-old Michael Barrientos, was hit and died in the street, police said. The SUV Barrientos was in took off with two to three others inside, police said.
Barrientos played football at Alief Hastings High School, according to the school.
Hastings Football tweeted, "Today we are mourning one of our family members that lost his life Michael Barrientos. He played tightend for us but played a bigger role in our hearts. Great teammate and a great young kid. We are praying for the Barrientos family. RIP MB #Bear4Life"
Today we are mourning one of our family members that lost his life Michael Barrientos. He played tightend for us but played a bigger role in our hearts. Great teammate and a great young kid. We are praying for the Barrientos family. RIP MB #Bear4Life pic.twitter.com/Up6swD7cHo— Hastings Football (@AliefHastingsFB) December 17, 2018
Investigators said the driver of a white Toyota Camry crashed into a brick wall and died. Police said the driver had suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
There may have been another man inside the car, who ran away, investigators said.
Police said a 16-year-old bystander was shot in the leg, rushed to the hospital and is expected to recover.
“It’s possible he was just an innocent bystander, just walking through the neighborhood, when the shooting happened and got hit,” said Sean Overstreet, of the Houston Police Department homicide unit.
Police said the people involved in the shootout were in their late teens to early 20s.
Barrientos' vehicle was not on scene and is still missing, police said. The vehicle is described as a gray or beige 1998 Toyota 4Runner.
Anyone with information about this case or the whereabouts of Barrientos' vehicle is asked to call the Houston Police Department at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.