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HPD: Innocent teen shot at NE Houston park after ‘sore loser’ sparks gang fight

by Nakia Cooper /

Posted on May 11, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 14 at 9:40 AM

HOUSTON—An innocent teen was caught in the crossfire of a shooting at a northeast Houston park Tuesday evening after a gang member, who previously lost a fight, wanted another shot at the person who beat him, according to Houston police.

A group of people were at a basketball game at Tidwell Park on Tidwell at Spaulding around 9 p.m.

Dedrick Nash, 14, was simply looking for his twin brother when a fight broke out and gang members began exchanging gunfire.

"It started off as a fist fight, and the fist fight grew into a shooting incident between the two rival gangs," said Sgt. Thomas Biggs, Houston Police Department.

Police said there had been a series of fights and incidents between the two gangs over the last several weeks, and the latest altercation was the retaliation of a "sore loser."

"There was literally a fight between two of them several days ago," Sgt. Biggs explained. "The loser came over and wanted another opportunity to have a shot at the person who beat him up and when he was losing again, his friends broke out guns."

One adult male was shot in the leg and Nash was shot in the back. Both were taken to Ben Taub Hospital, and Nash was in serious condition. He is paralyzed from the waist down, and doctors are not sure if he’ll ever walk again, Nash's mother said.

Police said the injured adult was a known gang member, but Nash was just at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Everyone scattered after the gunfire erupted and police are looking for the other shooters. They do have an idea of who is responsible.

"It appears to be Bloods/ Crips-related; and let’s just leave it at that until we get further into it," Sgt. Biggs said.