Teen arrested in fatal shooting

HOUSTON - Charges have been filed after a deadly shooting in southeast Houston.

Police were called to the 12800 block of Gotham Saturday afternoon and found the victim near a vehicle.

Houston police said the 18-year-old victim, 17-year-old Jeremiah Pipkins and two other people were riding in a car when the stopped on Gotham.

Officials said Pipkins was sitting in the backseat when he pulled out a gun, unloaded it and showed it to the other passengers.

After passing the gun around, police said Pipkins was reloading it when the gun fired and the bullet hit the person sitting in front of him.

"There were multiple occupants sitting in the gray Impala and then accidentally, or for reasons unknown, one of the people in the backseat shot the right front passenger," said Houston police Sgt. C.E. Elliot.

Police said Pipkins and another backseat passengers ran away from the scene.

Officials said the driver stayed with the victim and called for help.

Police said Pipkins and the other passenger were later found by police and taken into custody.

Pipkins admitted to police his involvement in the shooting. The gun was also found.

The crime has left people in the neighborhood in shock, questioning what could have led up to the shooting. It happened in the middle of the day and in the middle of a normally quiet cul-de-sac.

"Little kids could have been out here playing and running around on their bicycles," said resident Emmanuel Saldana.

The victim's name was not immediately released.

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