17-year-old gunned down in Channelview identified, sheriff says

CHANNELVIEW, Texas – Harris County deputies search for shooting suspects after a teen was killed in northeast Harris County Wednesday morning, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Deputies said they responded to reports of a shooting at around 3:20 a.m. on Mira Colina near Rio Torcido in Channelview. When they arrived at the scene, deputies said they found 17-year-old Tristan Jones with multiple gunshot wounds. Gonzalez said the teen was taken to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Tristan’s aunt Danielle Jones came out to the intersection where he was shot. She said she helped raise him.

“He was always there and he like took care of me. He always told jokes, he was telling jokes to me to lift up my spirit,” Jones said.

Gonzalez said he believes at least two suspects were involved in the shooting, but deputies are unsure of what led up to it.

“I’m angry and I’m upset. I want him to rest in peace and I won’t rest until I find out who killed him,” Jones said.

A neighbor, Taray Manning, told KPRC 2 he heard the gunfire, went outside and saw Jones lying motionless in the street.

“I just took off running down the street, just trying to help, didn’t feel real … he kept trying to gasp for air and I was like, 'Just stay here, stay here with me,” Manning said.

Manning said he and his father assisted deputies anyway they could.

“They gave my dad some gloves to put on. He was helping them wrap him up and everything, putting the cotton and stuff inside his wounds,” Manning said.

Manning said he will never forget the horrific incident.

“I can lay in the bed and I can doze off, but every time I dozed off, I saw his face,” Manning said.

The victim’s girlfriend, Tyvesha Holloway, said she also can’t stop thinking about Jones.

“I can’t believe it, I am shaking, I am hurt,” Jones said.

Gonzalez said the teen had a birthday coming up and was about to turn 18 in a few weeks.

Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.