An individual of curiosity is in custody within the deaths of a person who was fatally shot Tuesday and a toddler, regarded as the sufferer’s son, who was discovered useless within the again seat of an SUV, Houston authorities stated.
The Houston Police Division stated Wednesday morning that the particular person of curiosity was being questioned.
Hours earlier, the division launched safety video that it stated confirmed the gunman.
Investigators try to find out a motive, Houston Govt Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite instructed reporters.
The boy’s obvious father, 38, was discovered useless close to a strip mall southwest of downtown Houston after authorities responded to a report of a taking pictures at 1:46 p.m., Satterwhite stated.
The sufferer hasn’t been recognized.
Investigators decided that after the gunman and the sufferer met up, an argument might have adopted and the gunman opened hearth, taking pictures the person a number of instances and driving away within the sufferer’s SUV, Satterwhite stated.
5 hours later, as authorities have been investigating the taking pictures, a lady known as police and reported that her husband and her 2-year-old son have been lacking, Satterwhite stated.
Authorities rapidly decided that the lacking husband and the taking pictures sufferer have been the identical particular person, Satterwhite stated.
“We did not know concerning the little one till she known as at 6:36,” he added.
Inside half-hour, Satterwhite stated, officers discovered the deserted SUV a few mile away from the unique scene. The toddler was within the again seat, unresponsive, he stated.
Officers broke the automobile’s window, started administering CPR and known as for an ambulance, Satterwhite stated.
“Sadly, it was too late,” he stated. “The kid had handed within the automotive.”
The boy’s reason for dying was unclear, though Satterwhite stated he might have died of warmth exhaustion. It wasn’t clear how lengthy the SUV had been left there.
“Pray for this household,” Satterwhite stated. “A mom misplaced her husband, and he or she misplaced her 2-year-old little one at present.”
Elisha Fieldstadt contributed.