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Investigation underway after man shot in front of his girlfriend and child at a red light in NE Houston: HPD

HOUSTON – Houston police are looking for a man they said shot a father in front of his girlfriend and child while the family was stopped at a red light in northeast Houston Sunday.

Police said the shooting happened at 10200 Eastex Freeway (North U. S. Highway 59) service around 9:45 p.m.

The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Luis Balthazar. Police said Balthazar was traveling with his girlfriend and child northbound near the schene when a black, four-door sedan tried to block him in at the traffic light. Police said Balthazar attempted to evade the vehicle and drove around it. The suspect exited his vehicle and fired a shot Balthazar’s vehicle, investigators said. Balthazar was struck in the head and crashed his vehicle into an overpass concrete pillar. Houston Fire Department paramedics transported him to the hospital. 

Police said the girlfriend and child were not injured during the incident. Investigators said the suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.  

Police said the victim is in stable condition and had to undergo surgery. Right now, investigators are working to get a description of the suspects.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  


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