Person of interest detained, questioned following death of father, 2-year-old boy found in stolen SUV: HPD

According to HPD, one person of interest was detained for questioning Wednesday.

HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating the death of a 2-year-old boy who was found inside a stolen SUV after his father was gunned down in a southwest Houston parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

Officers said the child possibly died due to being left in the heat for an unknown period of time.

According to HPD, one person of interest was detained for questioning Wednesday. Police didn’t provide immediate details but told KPRC 2 they would update us as soon as possible.

Officers originally responded to reports of a shooting in the 5500 block of El Camino Del Rey around 1:46 p.m.

Investigators said a man wearing a security guard uniform was getting gas at a fuel station and was seen meeting up with another man at the pumps.

Officers said the two men got into some sort of argument or altercation and the suspect shot the man in the security guard uniform multiple times.

After shooting the man, officers said the suspect got into the victim’s black SUV and drove off.

While police were investigating the deadly shooting, around 6:30 p.m., they received a call from a woman who reported her child and husband missing.

Police said the description the woman gave matched the description of the man in the security guard uniform, which then prompted a search for the 2-year-old child.

Within 30 minutes of learning about the missing boy, police said they found the victim’s black SUV abandoned in the 5900 block of Elm Street with the child unresponsive in the back seat.

Officers tried to do CPR on the child and called the ambulance, but the child was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect was described by police as a Black man with a slim build wearing a white shirt, black shorts and a Raiders hat with facial hair.

This is a developing story. Check back here for more updates as they become available.