There’s a bizarre ending to a weekend road rage shooting in Galveston. Police say the suspect, Ernest Milligan, committed suicide at UTMB, the same hospital where a teen he shot is being treated.
Milligan, 57, shot the 16-year-old Friday evening after a fender-bender near Broadway and 49th, according to police.
It started when the teen's sister accidentally rear-ended his car. There was a shoving match and then Milligan started shooting.
“He pulls out a .40 caliber Glock handgun and fires 13 rounds through the windshield,” said GPD Cpt. Joshua Schirard.
Two teens were hit, including the son of a woman who only wanted to be identified by her first name, Lekiha.
Lekiha’s son was struck twice and his friend once. Her daughter wasn't hurt.
“I’m so thankful that they’re alive,” said Lekiha. “My kids were innocent in this."
Police later identified the shooter as Ernest Milligan, using a photo of his car snapped by a witness.
“I had somebody reach out to me on Facebook that witnesses the man shooting my son that was with her family,” said Lekiha. “This incident has touched so many people.”
Milligan was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday in a garage at UTMB. He was in the same car involved in the road rage shooting.
“The officers and investigators were still working the case realized that it was the suspect that they were looking for in the shooting case,” said Cpt. Schirard.
The suicide effectively closes a case from which Lekiha’s son will have lasting scars.
“He’s gonna make it,” said Lekiha.
The friend who was injured in the shooting has been released from the hospital.
Lekiha believes suspect Milligan may have come to the hospital to find her children. Police say there’s no way of knowing for sure.
Galveston Police say Milligan did have a criminal record, but nothing violent.