18-year-old found shot to death inside his Mustang in northwest Harris County, HCSO says

HOUSTON – Harris County sheriff’s deputies said they are searching for a suspect who fatally shot an 18-year-old that was found inside his vehicle in northwest Harris County Tuesday.

Deputies responded to what they said was a medical call in the 7900 block of Shady Grove, located in the old Woodland West subdivision, around 10:45 p.m.

Authorities said when they arrived at the scene, they found an 18-year-old male, who has been identified as Jorge Cruz-Arteaga, in his black Ford Mustang that was parked along a deserted stretch of roadway. According to deputies, the victim had one or more gunshot wounds. Cy-Fair EMS responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead, investigators said.

Deputies said the victim left his residence earlier in the evening to meet with an unknown person. When he failed to return home in a timely manner, his family tracked his cell phone to the location and discovered him wounded inside his car, investigators said.

The case is being investigated by the HCSO Homicide Unit. Anyone with information regarding the murder of Cruz-Arteaga is urged to contact the Homicide Unit at (713) 274-9100 or call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477).

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