HOUSTON – Mayor Sylvester Turner and community leaders are urging any with information in connection with a drive-by shooting that injured two children to come forward.
The two children who were shot Thursday evening in southeast Houston remain in the hospital, one of whom is in critical condition.
Police say around 6:30 p.m. Thursday, a woman went into a nail salon in the 3900 block of Scott Street and left her children in the car. That’s when someone drove by, possibly in a light-colored vehicle, and shot the car multiple times, striking 8-year-old Tristian Hutchins in the head and 5-year-old Kheristian Hutchins in the leg.
Police said an 11-year-old was also in the car at the time but wasn’t injured.
“There are individuals out here who saw something and know something," said HPD Asst. Chief Troy Finner. "Talk to us and let justice prevail.”
Anyone with information can make an anonymous tip to Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
“HPD cannot do it alone,” Turner said at a Friday morning press conference. “If you know something, if you have any information on who these shooters are … if you have any information of any shooter that would go out and victimize, hurt, injure with intent of killing our children, you cannot condone it, you can cannot create a safe haven for them.
“You cannot be afraid to speak up.”
Police say the shooting may be targeted because of the amount of bullets at the scene. They are looking at surveillance footage and are searching for the suspect at this time.
Detectives are investigating whether the shooting is related to an earlier shooting Thursday. Marcus Faulk, 24, was shot and killed in the 2600 block of Napolean. According to police, he suffered a gunshot wound to his head. Witnesses said that the suspect fled the scene in a dark-colored sedan.
Detectives say they believe more than one suspect opened fire and more than one gun was used. They were driving a light-colored vehicle when they pulled up to the kids’ car and unloaded. It’s not clear if they knew children were inside.
City officials Friday evening promised to bring the shooters to justice.
“For those who don’t want to listen and think we are just going to stand by and let our streets become blood baths, they’ve got another thing coming," Finner said. "The majority of the people of this city are good people. We are going to do everything we can on this case so that justice can be served.”
Community members in the Third Ward are sickened by the shooting.
“It does hit close to home...anytime you have an innocent child hit by gunfire,” Paul Ouzenne said.
“I think it’s very sad that this world is becoming a bad place," Kamaya Ambrose said.
Investigators are promising to brings the shooters to justice.
“We will leave no stone unturned," Matt Slinkard of HPD said. "We will be coming for those responsible for injuring our children.”