Prairie View A&M student killed in shooting at apartment complex, investigators say

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

WALLER, Texas - Authorities said a Prairie View A&M student is dead after a shooting in Waller.

The man's body was discovered in the parking lot of The Ranch Apartments at Waller on FM 2920 near Stokes Road, authorities said.

According to investigators, the shooting started in the breezeway and concluded in an apartment around 11:30 p.m. Monday.

When investigators arrived, they found the man’s friends dragging the victim to a car to take him to the hospital, but the victim was already dead, authorities said.

Waller police, Texas Rangers and crime scene investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are looking over the scene, searching for clues that could help piece together what led to the shooting.

Police told KPRC2 reporter Vincent Crivelli they are on the hunt for two or three people, who are possibly in a silver four-door sedan.

Investigators said the student killed was around 22 years old and was living at the apartment. They also said there were no signs of forced entry.

"If things like that can happen in a gated community, then it's not really safe," said one resident of the apartment complex, who only wanted to go by his first name Xavier.

Authorities are interviewing witnesses to try to piece together more evidence that could lead them to the shooters.

"The investigation is in its infancy since it just occurred (Monday) night and we are all working diligently to solve this crime," said Waller Police Chief Michael Williams.

Prairie View A&M University is about 10 minutes away from where the shooting took place, and a resident at the apartment complex told Crivelli many students live there.

A university spokesperson was able to confirm the victim was a student at the school and said the University Police Department is not handling the shooting because it took place off campus.

Crivellli asked Williams what was his message to the suspects, and the chief replied: "You are going to get caught sooner or later. Turn yourself in. It will be sooner."

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