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Toddler injured in drive-by shooting at southwest Houston park

HOUSTON – Police are investigating after a toddler was injured in a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon at a southwest Houston park, officials said. 

The shooting was reported at 5:25 p.m. where people were having a party at the Haviland Park in the 11000 block of Haviland Street. 

Witnesses told police that a silver Acura pulled into the park and that someone exited the vehicle and began firing shots at a red vehicle, which the child and his mother were sitting, officials said. 

Bertha Taylor lives near the park and said she witnessed parts of the shooting. 

“I saw people running around and then I saw girls getting down by the car and dudes shooting,” Taylor said. 

Police said the 2-year-old child suffered two gunshot wounds to his face and lower and buttocks. He was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, police said. Doctors said the child is expected to survive his injuries.

The suspects were last seen driving westbound on Minette Street, police said.

Houston Police are calling this incident a senseless act of violence.

“Very sadly the 2 year old was struck twice and was rushed to the hospital and currently in surgery,” said HPD Executive Assistance Chief Troy Finner. 

Anyone with information on the shooting should call the Houston Police Department Major Assaults and Family Violence at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.


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