Teen, 18, murdered in broad daylight in southwest Houston

Detectives investigate homicide near busy street

By Samantha Ptashkin - Reporter

HOUSTON - Police are investigating a homicide that happened in daylight near a busy street in southwest Houston.

Detectives said the fatal altercation started with an argument between the victim and another person at an apartment complex near South Gessner and Braeswood.

When 18-year-old Elijah Williams started to leave, police said he was shot twice in the upper chest.

Williams then crossed South Gessner Road and collapsed in front of a driveway between two apartment complexes. He died at the scene.

Dozens of neighbors gathered outside after hearing the gunshots.

"It's really sad," said resident Shirley Sheperd. "Too many of our children are dying from gunshot wounds."

Sheperd lost her 25-year-old son to gun shots two years ago. Saturday's incident was just another scene she wishes she didn't have to see.

"A lot of times bullets don't have a name on them," said HPD officer Jeffrey Rexroad. "They start winging them at people and they can go anywhere."

Police are also looking into whether or not the shooting may be gang-related.

Houston police describe the shooter only as a black male.  

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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