HARRIS COUNTY – Two women were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide inside a north Harris County apartment while their 9-year-old niece was inside, deputies with Harris County Pct. 4 said.
According to Constable Mark Herman, deputies responded to a weapons disturbance call to an apartment complex located in the 14300 block of Ella Boulevard near Kuykendahl Road.
Destani Griffith, a neighbor in the complex, heard gunshots at her apartment at around 7 a.m. this morning.
“They were both beautiful girls so it’s not fair, and I really hate they happened to them but it does kinda hurt my heart,” she said. “I never heard any arguments, any altercations, they actually stayed to themselves.”
Detectives said a woman called 911 saying she accidentally shot her girlfriend in the head while fighting over a gun.
Deputies believe the initial shooting was not an accident, according to Sgt. Wolfford. He said the woman made statements that she “wanted to murder her partner and then kill herself.”
“While (the woman) was on the phone with dispatch, she advised she couldn’t live with what she had done and a gunshot was then heard,” said Sgt. Dennis Wolfford with HCSO Homicide Unit.
When paramedics arrived, they found two women shot. Both died at the scene.
Deputies say the couple’s 9-year-old niece, who was visiting from New Orleans, was inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. She was not hurt.
The girl is now with family members, according to deputies.