Couple returning from hospital killed, son-in-law injured in shooting

By Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli - Digital News Editor, Vincent Crivelli - Reporter

FALLBROOK, Texas - A couple was killed and their son-in-law was rushed to a hospital after a shooting in north Harris County.

The shooting happened around 1:40 a.m. Wednesday at a home on Francitas Drive and Pleasanton Drive, according to authorities. 

Authorities said the couple in their 60s -- identified by family members as Ramiro and Rosalba Reyes -- had just gotten home from the hospital where another relative had died when they were shot.

The couple’s son-in-law, Adrian Villareal, heard the commotion and went outside to see what was going on and the gunman or gunmen shot at him, too, authorities said.

He underwent emergency surgery and is expected to survive.

Officials said they are not sure why the couple was shot at or how many shooters were involved.

“It could be anything from road rage to mistaken identity,” said Investigator Bobby Minchew with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. “We have no indication that the victims were involved in anything that could have precipitated this event.” 

Investigators hope the son-in-law will be able to give a detailed description of the gunman.

“It’s a horrible tragedy,” Minchew said. “They appeared to be just a hard-working couple that has a lot of family in the area.”

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said several shots were fired from a rifle up and down the block.

“There was a lot of gunfire it was a very violent scene," Gonzalez said. "Our main focus right now is who did this and the motive will follow then. (I am) very upset and disappointed about this, that individuals are out here firing rifle rounds into vehicles. This is just troubling because anybody else could have been struck inside their homes."

The couple's niece, Irene Rodriguez, said the shooting was a tragedy.

“We will miss them. We love them a lot, and we will miss them dearly,” Rodriguez said. “They were great people they didn't have any enemies. My uncle had great stories and my aunt was a sweet woman."

Authorities are asking any witnesses or anyone with cameras in the area to come forward or contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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