Vigil held for victims in Fourth Ward shooting

A vigil was held Tuesday night for three victims who were killed during a shooting in the Fourth Ward on the 4th of July.

Tensions are rising in the Fourth Ward after three people were killed and two others injured in a 4th of July shooting.

Tuesday night, a vigil was held in the streets.

The shooting occurred around 10 p.m. off Wilson Street near Robin Street, not far from Eleanor Tinsley Park where the Freedom Over Texas celebration was being held.

Witness video shows kids lighting firecrackers in a can in the roadway before a car horn honks and gunfire is heard. In the background you can hear the fireworks show at nearby Eleanor Tinsley Park.

RAW VIDEO: 4th Ward shooting caught on video

There's still no named suspects or motive. However, police say the tips are coming in and neighbors are determined to not let this violence define them.

"We lift up this family, we lift up this neighborhood," someone shouted out in the crowd.

A simple prayer cried out before a grieving community. 

"Whoever the guy is who shot my son, I'm asking you, begging you, please step up and speak up," said Deshunda Jackson, the mother of Charles Jackson, 29, who was killed.

Two other men died at area hospitals. Two others, including a 10-year-old boy, were shot but survived.

"That's what we need to preach more of, love one another, whether you are from 3rd Ward, 4th Ward or 5th Ward," said Elmo Johnson, a local pastor.

Relatives identified one of the dead victims as 28-year-old Charles Jackson, a father of three girls.

“…never been in trouble took care of his kids respected everyone and loved everyone,” said Rosaland Jackson, the victim’s great aunt. “People had to came to tell us Charles was shot, everyone went running down to see, but there was so many people - so much happening.”

“We need to get together as more of a love and bring the community together, start loving more and start trusting God more.”

Fourth Ward is an historic but rapidly gentrifying area. People who've bought or rented expensive new homes just a few blocks from the shooting scene told KHOU off camera they're troubled by what happened. They call it a pattern of crime that doesn't seem to go away and has even caused many to move. For sale signs pop up around the neighborhood all the time.

In the middle of rapidly changing neighborhood on the outskirts of downtown, community leaders say this kind of violence can't be ignored.

"I believe the entire city has to see this as a call to action, it's time for each one of us to get up and play our part and stop this senseless violence," said Deric Muhammad, a community activist.

Police believe this shooting was not random, but they think there was only one intended target. They say the others were simply hit by mistake.

If you have any information on this case, call Houston Crime Stoppers at (713)-222-TIPS.

© 2018 KHOU-TV


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