HOUSTON – A 14-year-old girl is in critical condition and her mother was injured after several shots were fired into their vehicle during a “traffic altercation” Monday evening, according to Houston police.
The shooting was reported around 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of Wheatley and Dolly Wright streets, according to police.
Officials said a woman, 36, and three teenage children, ages 14 and 16, were in a vehicle and got into some kind of altercation when a person started shooting into their vehicle.
“They had a little fender bender, something like that, and the car spun out of control,” said Manuel Gutierrez, the woman’s soon-to-be father-in-law. Gutierrez said after the car accident, one of the two men in the other car got out of the vehicle and opened fire on the mother and her three children.
Police said the woman was shot through her ankle and her 14-year-old daughter was shot several times. She was flown to Memorial Hermann downtown in critical condition.
Gutierrez said she is still critical, but making progress.
“(I) heard from my son that she opened her eyes," said Gutierrez. “She’s trying to write stuff on paper.”
Police said the 14-year-old and the 16-year-old boys who were in the vehicle were not injured in the shooting.
Investigators are at the scene and trying to help identify the suspects involved.