HOUSTON – The 17-year-old boy who was shot while heading home from an Astros game with his family on Tuesday has died, according to his father.
Paul Castro, the teen’s father, shared the news with KPRC 2 on Thursday, a day after the Houston Police Department confirmed the boy was on life support.
Around 11 p.m., officers said a father and his two sons left an Astros game and were traveling on Chartres Street when the father encountered the suspect in the white sedan and exchanged hand gestures with the other driver. Police said the white sedan followed the family’s truck onto the East Freeway and then on McCarty Street.
Police said the suspect began shooting into the truck and a bullet struck the 17-year-old boy in his head. Police said the father drove to the area of Highway 59 and called 911. Police said first responders then rushed the boy to the Medical Center.
The teen has been identified by his family as David Xavier Castro.
One of David’s former teachers at Westside High School told KPRC 2 that David was supposed to be a senior next year and is a leader in the classroom.
Search for a suspect involved
Homicide detectives said they obtained surveillance photos of the suspect’s vehicle, which is believed to be a white Buick, four-door sedan with a sunroof that was reportedly driven by a black male.
On Wednesday, police released an additional surveillance photo of the suspect’s vehicle.
Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to call the Houston Police Department Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner increased the reward to $10,000 for anyone with information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.
.@houstonpolice is still in search of the owner/driver of the white 4-door sedan w/sunroof.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) July 8, 2021
If anyone has information regarding this suspect please contact @CrimeStopHOU or HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600.
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