HOUSTON – Two suspects have been arrested, while authorities continue to search for others connected to a pair of shootings in west Houston.
Jordan Q. Wilson, 21, and Reginald J. Smith, 19, are in custody and are charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon. Wilson is also charged with felony possession of marijuana.
According to Houston Police Department, the two were arrested in connection with shooting incidents the 10700 and 10100 blocks of Beechnut around 4 p.m. on Wednesday.
One victim, an 8-year-old girl, remains hospitalized in stable condition with a gunshot wound to the leg, investigators said. Her 7-year-old brother suffered a grazing wound and was treated and released from the hospital.
According to investigators, Wilson and Smith engaged in a drug transaction with an unknown male in the 10100 block of Beechnut. The male arrived at the location in a white, two-door pickup truck with an extended cab.
Wilson and Smith tried to rob him and then drive away, police said. The male retaliated by firing his own gun at the vehicle driven by Wilson and Smith as they fled.
A young girl, an innocent bystander in the same parking lot, was struck by one of the bullets fired by the unknown male, police said. Her younger brother was grazed and not seriously injured.
Police said Wilson and Smith fled the scene, heading west on Beechnut at a high rate of speed. Wilson lost control of the vehicle and caused a traffic accident in the 10700 block of Beechnut.
Wilson and Smith tried to run from the scene with guns and bags of marijuana in their hands, police said. Two officers with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force witnessed the collision and then attempted to apprehend the suspects.
Wilson surrendered, but Smith ran inside a McDonald's restaurant, police said. He then drew his gun and pointed it in the direction of the officers.
Both officers shot at Smith, who was not hit, police said. Smith was then taken into custody by responding HPD officers.
No one else was injured.
As is customary when a law enforcement officer discharges a weapon in Houston city limits, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide Division.
Anyone with information on the shooter in the 10100 Beechnut incident is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.