Suspect kills mother of 4 with pellet gun, wounds 2 others


by staff & Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 12:06 PM

HOUSTON – A mother of four who was well known and loved in her north Houston community was found shot to death Wednesday morning and police are looking for her killer.

Frankie Cooper, affectionately called “Miss Frankie” by everyone in the neighborhood, was found dead at her home in the 1100 block of Neyland around 5:30 a.m.

Investigators with the Houston Police Department believe someone shot Cooper in the head with a pellet gun. Her 21-year-old son, Justin Cooper, woke up with blood on his head. He called police immediately, not knowing that his mother had also been shot.

Police found the mother lying dead in her bedroom. They also found another young man, also shot in the head, lying on a couch and gasping for air.

Police want to know what happened.

“We believe there were some other people here earlier in the night. When they left, we don’t know,  or what their involvement may have been,” said Officer Mark Coleman, Houston Police Department.”

Justin Cooper is recovering in the hospital and is speaking with investigators.

The condition of the other shooting victim was unknown.

Family and friends could not imagine that anyone would want to hurt such a good woman.

“I really don’t know what would trigger them to hurt Miss Frankie like that. She was an older woman and she basically just sat on her porch,” a family friend said. “She was a good mother. She has four boys, you know, and one is in a mental ward right now.”