HOUSTON – A 5-year-old was killed and an 8-year-old is injured after Houston police said they were shot in a vehicle at a north Houston intersection early Sunday.
According to Assistant Chief C. Hatcher, officers responded to multiple reports of a shooting in the 13500 block of Northborough Drive near Rushcreek Drive in the Greenspoint area at around 1 a.m.
When they arrived, Hatcher said officers did not find any witnesses or victims. Fifteen minutes later, officers received reports of two children with gunshot wounds arriving at an area hospital.
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Hatcher said witnesses told police that a vehicle driven by a woman was stopped at a stop sign while headed northbound on Northborough with her 5-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son in the back seat. That was when a silver four-door sedan with two suspects inside approached westbound on Rushcreek Drive. One of the suspects leaned out of the rear driver’s side window and began firing multiple gunshots toward a food store, police said.
The mother’s vehicle was caught in the crossfire, according to police. The gunfire from the suspects hit both of her children in the backseat.
The mother rushed both children to an area hospital where her 5-year-old daughter later died. Her 8-year-old son is expected to survive after suffering a gunshot wound to the arm.
Descriptions of the suspects were not available.
After further investigation, police said the mother’s vehicle was not the intended target.
Anyone with information in this case is asked to call HPD Homicide at 9713) 306-3800 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.