Woman shot, killed at apartment in front of 2 small children on Houston’s south side; search underway for victim’s ex-boyfriend: HPD

HOUSTON – An investigation is underway after a woman was shot and killed by a suspect who is believed to be her ex-boyfriend at an apartment complex on Houston’s south side Thursday, officers with the Houston Police Department said.

Police said they received a call from a woman saying she had been shot at an apartment complex located at 7402 Calhoun Rd. around 4:06 a.m.

Officers said when they arrived at the scene, they located the woman, who was shot multiple times in her back. She was transported to the hospital with CPR in progress, HPD said. The woman was later pronounced dead by police.

According to investigators, the suspect, identified as Richard Hemphill, is the ex-boyfriend of the victim. Witnesses told police that the victim and Hemphill got into an argument outside and then tried to force entry into the unit. The suspect then followed the woman into the back bedroom and shot her several times, investigators said.

Investigators said four people were inside the apartment when the shooting occurred, including the victim’s current boyfriend and sister. There were also two children that are believed to be under the age of two inside the apartment at the time of the shooting. According to investigators, the children saw the woman get killed. Police believe one of the children was also the child of the victim and suspect. Witnesses said told officers they heard the suspected shooter’s voice.

Officers said Hemphill is wanted for questioning in the shooting. Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to contact HPD at (713) 308-7600 or Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477) if they wish to remain anonymous.

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