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Family: 7-year-old loses finger, father shot during gunbattle in NE Houston

by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 8:19 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 7:35 PM

HOUSTON—Six gunmen barged into a northeast Houston home Thursday and shot the homeowner and his 7-year-old son, police said.

Houston police said the men followed the homeowner’s daughter and then forced their way into the house located on the 100 block of Hartwick around 7 a.m.  They forced the daughter, her mother, younger sister and 7-year-old brother to the ground.

Chaos ensued. Detectives said the boy ran into a hallway screaming for his father.  Three armed men chased.  The boy’s father emerged armed.  One suspect immediately opened fire.  The 7-year-old was shot in the hand.  The homeowner was shot three times.  However, the homeowner did return fire.  Police said it was a shootout with at least 20 shots fired. 

The men, some on foot, some in a beige or gold van, fled the scene.  Detectives believe two men who showed up with gunshots at LBJ Hospital a short time later were involved in the attack.  They represent a potential key lead in the case.  Neighbors hope so because they fear the home invasion is related to other burglaries that have happened in the area recently. 

“We need to have more friends around us to keep an eye on each other because it’s getting bad over here.  People keep breaking into houses,” said Andrea Delgado, a neighbor.

Police don’t think there’s a connection.

“We believe that this is actually a little different from, obviously, a typical burglary,” said Houston Police Department Sgt. Edward Diaz.  “Typical burglars will enter a home trying to make sure it’s unoccupied and they try to steal things. We’re not sure what the motive is here, why this house was actually targeted, or was it the female who was actually driving into the residence, or was she being targeted.”

Police hope to make arrests soon.