Teen shot and killed outside gas station in east Harris County

By Mary Benton , Marisa Breese - News Producer , Ryan Korsgard - Reporter

HOUSTON - A teenager is dead after a drive-by shooting at an east Harris County gas station. Now the search is on for his killer and a motive.

Harris County Sheriff's Office investigators were called to investigate a deadly drive-by shooting at the intersection of Uvalde Road and Woodforest Boulevard at about 1:30 a.m.

Witnesses say 17-year-old Roy Jones III and a friend were in the parking lot of a Chevron gas station when a car drove by and someone opened fire.

"Two suspects in a dark-colored four door sedan pulled up, displayed a firearm and began shooting, striking our victim at least one time," said Sgt. Robert Spurgeon with HCSO.

Investigators say the victim's friend ran home and called 911, but returned to the scene later to be interviewed.

"That's a human being that got killed for no reason," said Donald Wilson.

He says his younger brother was the person with Jones at the time of the shooting.

"I feel there's a lot of cowards out here. They like to use guns," said Wilson.

Investigators say they don't have a motive in the shooting, but Kevin Vasquez believes it could be part of a random crime spree. He says he was carjacked at gunpoint less than one hour before Jones was killed.

The description of the vehicle used in the drive-by shooting, he says, sounds like his. Sheriff's investigators said the suspects left the scene and drove northbound on Uvalde in a black-colored four-door vehicle.

"If they shot this guy right here, 17 years old, I'm surprised they didn't shoot me, I'm 17, too. I'm surprised they didn't shoot me. I told them take whatever you want just don't shoot me," said Vasquez.

The gas station was equipped with several surveillance cameras.

Harris County sheriff's investigators are looking at the video to see if there is anything they see that will help solve the case.

Investigators said the shooters took off driving north on Uvalde.

If you can help investigators, please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward. 

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