Police looking for clues into fatal shooting of toddler

March 22, 2010 2:32:50 PM PDT
Houston police are searching for the gunman who shot and killed a three-year-old girl during an attempted carjacking over the weekend. On Monday, police returned to the scene in north Houston to try to find more witnesses. While investigators at HPD headquarters are following up on some tips they received, there are still no solid leads at this point. Police are confident someone out there knows something about the two men involved.

As residents at the apartment complex along Greens Parkway try to wrap their minds around the senseless killing of an innocent three-year-old girl during an attempted carjacking...

"It's more than sad," said resident Jerry Miller. "You know what I'm saying? it's really more than sad because that's a baby."

Monday afternoon, Houston police homicide investigators were back at the complex where the shooting happened, in hopes of catching the man who murdered her.

"We just came back out here to re-canvas the apartments out here, hoping to find some witnesses who might have seen something," Sgt. David Ferguson with the Houston Police Department told us.

They didn't come empty-handed. Police, who talked to as many as 20 people Monday, went door to door handing out flyers with Charissa Powell's picture. Residents, many of whom are parents themselves, admit it really drives the point home.

"Gosh, why would they kill a child? Why would they kill a child? Over a car that they didn't even get. That's crazy," said resident Shanice Dean.

It was Sunday afternoon when police say two suspects confronted the family four and demanded the car keys as they were heading out to visit friends. Police say one of the men opened fire with an AK-47 before Charissa's father could get his family out of the car. Charissa, who was in the back seat, was struck by a bullet in the chest. The three-year-old was rushed to Willowbrook Hospital, where she later died after her father flagged down a police officer for help.

"I just hope they come forward," said Miller. "Somebody has to have a conscience or a heart or something. Somebody has to have some type of conscience."

Two suspects are currently being sought. The first suspect, who police say is the shooter, is described only as a black male in his mid-20s, 5' 8" to 5'11" tall, weighing 140 to 160 pounds, with a dark complexion, and matted, bushy hair. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and shorts. The second suspect is described only as a black male in his mid-20s, 5'5" to 5'6" tall, weighing 200 to 220 pounds, with a light complexion. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts, and a black cap.


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