HOUSTON - A 15-year-old girl was in the hospital Saturday after deputy constables said a 42-year-old man shot her at a family barbecue in Spring.
“It was crazy, like you would never expect somebody to bring a gun to a barbecue, or a family gathering at all,” said neighbor Micah Stewart.
Chairs sat in front of the home on Precious Place and Roth Forest Saturday night, with water guns nearby.
“We come around here to get home and there's two people playing, like they're having a water gun fight,” said neighbor Rasheed Seals.
But deputy constables said somehow a real gun got in the mix.
“The man went over there to his car to get his dry clothes and he must have had the gun so he started playing with it and tried to do this and I thought he probably had it on safety and he accidentally shot the girl in her collar bone area,” said Stewart.
They said that Jason Speights shot a 15-year-old girl in her shoulder, an inch from her neck.
“Cy Creek EMS arrived on scene, tended to the female who is reported to be in stable condition,” said Lt. Daniel Garza with Harris County Constable Precinct 4.
A stray bullet hit a car about five houses away. It became a scary reminder for young neighbors.
“Don't play with guns, not the right choice,” said Seals.
The girl is expected to recover and the man has been charged with deadly conduct.