HOUSTON – A man faces multiple charges after deputies said he fatally shot his wife before shooting and injuring her two children.
The man, identified as Larwrence Reed, 53, faces several charges including murder and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Though Reed did not appear in court for his probable cause hearing early Saturday (he was being held in a mental healthcare facility), a judge posted hefty bonds for the charges he faces -- $1 million for the murder charge, $1 million for the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the child shot and $750,000 for the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for the adult shot.
Deputies said the shooting happened at a home located in the 2700 block of Roaring Oaks around 8:50 p.m. July 29.
@HCSOTexas units responding to a shooting at the 2700 blk of Roaring Oaks Ln in the Katy area. Preliminary info: two persons shot. The suspect possibly barricaded in the house. No other details at this time. #HouNews pic.twitter.com/5JBXSSa6Ta— Ed Gonzalez (@SheriffEd_HCSO) July 30, 2021
Deputies said when they arrived at the scene, they found a woman, who has been identified as Valerie Junius, dead from a gunshot wound. Her children, ages 16 and 20, had also been shot, deputies said. Investigators said they were both transported to the hospital and are expected to be okay.
While securing the scene, deputies said they learned that the suspected gunman had barricaded himself inside of a home. According to deputies, hostage negotiators talked on the phone with the suspect for about 30 minutes, ultimately getting him to leave the house. He was then taken into custody.
One neighbor told KPRC 2 he saw the woman’s children after the shooting and got worried. According to the neighbor, the suspect told him, “Don’t worry about helping her. I shot her in the head.”
Some of the other neighbors described the scene as chaotic and scary.
“There was a lot of commotion and after a while, they did tell us to hide in our house(s) and a minute later, they told us to leave. We had to evacuate,” one neighbor said.
“I was outside when I heard gunshots, multiple. All the kids came running out screaming,” another neighbor told KPRC 2.