Woman, 8-year-old autistic son shot in suspected road rage incident near Gulf Freeway

HOUSTON – A mother and her 8-year-old autistic son were injured after shots were fired into the family’s car in a suspected road rage incident Sunday evening, police said.

The shooting happened off North Featherwood Drive and Fuqua near the Gulf Freeway Sunday evening.

“I’m just like I can’t believe I’m in this situation. I’m telling him to hurry please they are shooting,” said the mother, Hilary Bustos.

Bustos said it’s been months since she’s been out with her family but on Sunday evening, she agreed to go grab food with her boyfriend Jeremy Cheatham and her two children, 8-year-old Dominic and 6-year-old Draya.

“I’m glad everyone got out alive (but) justice needs to be served most definitely,” Cheatham said.

As they were leaving the parking area they saw a beige vehicle with no headlights. They said the SUV honked at them and kept going. As Cheatham drove down the road a ways they started hearing gunshots. He said it sounded like an automatic rifle.

“It was like a war zone, it was crazy,” Cheatham said.

Several bullets went through the vehicle, hitting Bustos in the shoulder and 8-year-old Dominic in the collarbone and hand. They said Dominic lost part of his thumb. Dominic, who is also autistic, could not tell them he was shot.


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