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Suspect arrested in fatal shooting outside AirBnB in Spring, deputies say

Four men from out of state were renting the home. They had just returned from a night of clubbing when the shooting occurred.

HOUSTON — The suspect accused of fatally shooting a man outside an Airbnb house in Spring has been arrested, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

James Ray Lane, 21, is charged with murder.

He appeared in a Harris County courtroom Thursday where his bond was set at $250,000. If he bonds out, he most wear an ankle monitor, can't have a weapon or can't have contact with the witnesses.

On June 28, sheriff deputies responded to reports of shots fired about 3:10 a.m. in the 3500 block of Braewin Court.

Investigators said Lane tracked the victim and a witness using Instagram. He followed them to the home and "shot and killed [the victim] in a fit of jealous rage.

HCSO Lt. Cook said the victim was found in the doorway of the house when officers arrived. Paramedics took the man to the hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased, HCSO Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted.

According to investigators, four men visiting from New York and New Jersey had booked the space. HCSO Sgt. Ben Bell said they had been partying at a club in Midtown when they came back to Spring home.

HCSO said the victim and an unknown woman were walking up to the door while another one of the friend's parked their vehicle. That's when they say a man — later identified by deputies as Lane — approached them and shot the victim multiple times.

Investigators said the woman, the alleged gunman and a third person then left the scene in a dark-colored four-door car.

"We don't know if it was a robbery attempt or if it was someone mad about the women that they were bringing back to the house," Bell said. 

The shooter and the victim never made it into the house, according to deputies.

"We don't have a motive as to what occurred before the shooting," Cook said. "We have several people here who may have been witnesses, but we're going to wait until our investigators get here, so they can talk to them."

If you know anything that could help investigators, please call HCSO homicide detectives at 713-274-9100 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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