HOUSTON – Houston police responded to a shooting scene in a park near Kashmere High School on Wednesday where a teen was shot multiple times.
Kashmere High School, which is on lockdown, will have a staggered release starting at 3:50 p.m. Car riders will be released at 3:55 p.m., walkers released at 4:05 p.m. and bus riders released at 4:20 p.m.
The shooting happened in the 5000 block of Bennington, across from Kashmere High School about 1:35 p.m.
A teenager, who police say is not believed to be a student, was shot multiple times and is at an area hospital.
Houston police said during a news conference that two teens were shooting at each other over an apparent rivalry between them. Police said this is not a random shooting.
The 16-year-old victim that was transported to the Texas Children’s Hospital has three gunshots to the abdomen, one to the arm and one to the thigh. He’s in critical, but stable condition and is in surgery, as of this writing.
Police said possibly a small-caliber gun was used in the shooting.
The suspect, whom police said they know, was seen limping away from the scene.
The victim who ended up at the hospital was taken to Kashmere High School by four of his friends who were able to identify the other shooter.
No weapons were recovered.
The other suspect victim drove away in a red sedan, police said. The teen transported to the hospital is not a student of the school, police said. However the other suspect is a 17-year-old student of Kashmere High School, according to Houston police.
Asked about motive, HPD’s Patricia Cantu mentioned a rivalry, bullying and possible gang-related activity. “Right now we’re working on that,” she said. “Major Assaults is on its way to do the investigation.”
Authorities will be searching the hospitals for the other teen, and if he’s not there, authorities will go to his home.
HPD Commanders & PIO are heading to a shooting scene in a park at 5098 Bennington, across from Kashmere H.S. about 1:35 p.m. A teen, not believed to be a student, was shot multiple times and is at an area hospital. The suspect fled. Further info at the scene.#hounews pic.twitter.com/YKKuKU9IP2— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) September 22, 2021
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.