14-year-old shot while taking out trash in NW Harris County, sheriff says

HOUSTON – A 14-year-old was shot while taking out the trash in northwest Harris County Tuesday afternoon, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to reports of a shooting near the 5500 block of Dunbrook Park Lane around 5:15 p.m. Investigators said the victim was shot in the thigh outside his home near River Knoll and Bear Meadow Lane and ended up on Dunbrook Park Lane.

“He came out of his house, supposedly walked to the trash, and 31 seconds later there were gunshots,” HCSO detective Brian said.

Deputies said the teenager was shot once in the thigh and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital by LifeFlight after running through the neighborhood and ending up outside a neighbor’s front door near Dunbrook Park Lane and Hidden Garden Mist Lane, a few blocks away.

“He was trying to ask for help. I know he jumped over my mom’s fence,” said neighbor Mark Castaneda.

The victim ended up on his mother’s doorstep, according to Castaneda.

“[The victim] ended up in front of the door, and [first responders] pulled him out here in front of the driveway,” Castaneda explained.

Investigators said the 14-year-old is now in surgery. They are now trying to piece together what happened and why.

Gonzalez also made a direct plea to residents in the area to review their surveillance cameras for details.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

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