Suspects fire 30 rounds at warden's home

May 15, 2010 8:55:28 PM PDT
A prison warden's house is shot several times right on prison property. Right now, police and the warden want to know why.

The shooting happened near Dayton in Liberty County on Friday. Now, we're learning more about what happened.

Police say the warden's two sons were home when this shooting happened. Although, no one was hurt, police suspect at least one of those sons may have been the target of this shooting.

From the look at the scene, you can see why police say it was lucky no one was killed.

Not only did bullets shatter windows, and pierce the front door of the house, both cars in the driveway saw major damage.

In town, those who know the warden's son couldn't believe what happened.

"I'm glad they are alive," Dayton resident Chet McGregor said. "I mean, I have three kids that grew up with them."

The shooting happened around 6pm Friday just a few blocks from where the warden works.

Warden Wilhelmina Howard was not home when police say three men drove onto the property.

One of the suspects reportedly knocked on the front door sparking the shooting.

"Before they could answer the door, they busted out the glass of the storm door," Dayton Police Department Sgt. John Coleman said.

Police say at least 30 rounds were fired. One of the weapons used was a semi-automatic machine gun.

The suspects fled but, did not get very far.

Harris county deputies spotted the vehicle and gave chase.

"During the pursuit, the vehicle crashed, and they were able to take all three subjects inside the vehicle into custody," Coleman said.

Arrested were 41-year-old Larry Galloway, along with brothers 24-year-old Nelson Hernandez and 20-year-old Henry Hernandez.

Police say one of the suspects apparently had a history with one of the warden's sons, although the motive for the shooting is still unclear.

Back at the warden's home, Howard did not want to comment on camera but issued the following statement:

"Because there is an ongoing investigation I cannot comment on the specific events of Friday. I'm grateful no one was injured during the incident and for the quick arrest of those allegedly involved."

McGregor isn't shy what he thinks of the suspects.

"That says right there they're not even scared of them; they're not scared of the law; they are not scared of nothing out here," he said.

We mentioned the warden's home sits on prison property. The Texas Department Of Criminal Justice is investigating as well.

We are told, Galloway has been transferred back to Liberty County. He's charged with deadly conduct.

The Hernandez brothers remain here in Harris County facing weapons charges as well as felony fleeing.

You can read more about this story on The Cleveland Advocate, a Houston Community Newspaper partner with abc13.com.

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