Teen killed by stray bullet

November 22, 2008 7:07:17 PM PST
Neighbors are scared after a fight turned into a shooting just outside their front doors in southwest Harris County. One stray bullet struck a 15-year-old boy. He died later at a hospital. His killer is on the loose. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Neighbors say they heard the gunfire and ducked for cover. Now they want the shooter caught. Harris County Sheriff's deputies say Treavor Tubbs was standing just across the parking lot when the bullet hit him. Now neighbors at that complex off Sierra Blanca and Presidio Square are shaken, and worried about the violence.

Lupita Escobar-Mendoza was terrified by what she saw from her apartment balcony Friday night. She woke to gunfire.

"I saw people running, two ladies getting into a van, and then a round of shots, kind of like chasing somebody, trying to shoot somebody," she recalled.

That disturbance turned into the unthinkable for a 15-year-old boy in the parking lot.

Sgt. Larry Davis with the Harris County Sheriff's Office explained, "It appears he was hit with a stray bullet from the disturbance."

Sgt. Davis and other investigators had their work cut out for them as they surveyed the scene.

"We're currently trying to locate and identify witnesses and suspects," Sgt. Davis said.

Escobar-Mendoza said, "The first round came from behind to where the office is, and the second round came from over here. That's where the boy got shot."

Escobar-Mendoza says she's one of the witnesses investigators talked to. Even residents who weren't around at the time of shooting are talking about what happened, checking out the damage, wondering what will happen next.

"You think you're secure, but then, how secure you are when you don't know if a bullet is going to come your way? A bullet that is not intended for you, but nonetheless a bullet that could hurt you," Escobar-Mendoza said.

Treavor died at the hospital. Investigators are looking for help in this case. If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You don't have to give your name.

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