CPS takes custody of children as detectives investigate parents' fatal shooting

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by Malini Basu / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on May 6, 2014 at 5:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 11:22 AM

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FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas – Child Protective Services officials say they now have custody of the children whose parents were found shot to death Monday in their Fort Bend County home.    

Deputies were called to the house in the 4800 block of Russett Lane shortly after 6 a.m. and they found Karim Kamdar, 46, and his wife, Nikhat Kamdar, 37, dead inside.

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Investigators said the couple’s 15-year-old daughter, who received a gunshot wound, managed to call 911 to report the incident. She was found in the front yard of the house.

Her 11-year-old brother, who also suffered from gunshot wounds, was inside the house.

Both victims were transported via Life Flight to Memorial-Hermann Hospital. They both underwent surgery. The 15-year-old girl was alert and talking to investigators. The 11-year-old boy remained unconscious.

Friends say Mrs. Kamdar owned a day care called American Heritage Academy and Child Care in Rosenberg.

“We called her Miss Nikki. That’s how I knew her.  I worked here for four months and I got to know her and she was a good person. She was a positive person, she was amazing,” said Eliza Cuellar, a former day care employee. 

No one who worked at the daycare suspected that Mrs. Kamdar was having any troubles at home. But investigators said there is no sign that anyone else was involved in the shooting.

For nearly 12 years, Mr. Kamdar rented and operated the Superway Food store in Richmond. But about one year ago, he was forced to pack up and leave.

“He was the previous owner here and he used to come for his haircut. Nice guy. He didn’t seem like he had any issues. They were renting here and the owner of this building put his own convenient store that’s why they had to move,” said Adriana Torres, the victim’s former hairstylist. 

A handgun was retrieved at the scene, deputies said. Investigators said they are waiting on lab analysis and autopsy results to determine the shooter.

Deputies said there were no signs of forced entry at the home or any other information to suggest involvement of a third-party assailant.

Meanwhile, CPS officials are trying to get in contact with relatives in Pakistan and India.

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