HOUSTON – The suspect accused of killing his longtime girlfriend and injuring her adult daughter in a motel shooting on the south side of Houston Monday remains on the run, according to the Houston Police Department.
The suspect, Christopher George Edwards, 52, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
HPD officers and the Houston Fire Department responded to reports of a shooting at the motel, located at 4510 Idaho St. around 10:30 p.m.
Police said when they arrived at the scene, they found a 41-year-old woman, identified as Tamarah Derry-Tijani, with a gunshot wound and began performing CPR. She was pronounced dead at the scene, HPD said.
The woman’s 21-year-old daughter was taken to Ben Taub Hospital with at least one gunshot wound to her upper arm, according to court documents.
During the investigation, detectives learned the shooting stemmed from an argument between Tamarah and Edwards, documents stated. Sometime during the argument, Edwards reportedly pulled out the gun and shot her in the face and then shot the woman’s daughter. The daughter told investigators that she tried to block the shot but was still struck by a bullet.
A witness told investigators they saw the woman’s daughter running out of the motel room as the suspect stood in the doorway and placed the handgun in a drawstring backpack and leave the scene, according to court documents.
HPD Lt. J.P. Horelica said police believe the mother, daughter, and Edwards were all staying in the same motel room.
Suspect’s criminal history
- On Dec. 25, 2021, Edwards was charged with family violence by chocking a woman in Houston, according to court documents.
- On Aug. 17, 2022, he was convicted of possession of marijuana, docs show.
- On Dec. 9, 1991, Edwards was convicted of murder in Harris County, according to court records.
Anyone with information on Edwards’ whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.