Suspects at large after fatal shootout near Baytown

There's no motive and a ton of questions after a deadly gun battle outside a mobile home last night in east Harris County.

April 3, 2011 4:24:52 PM PDT
There's no motive and a ton of questions after a deadly gun battle outside a mobile home last night in east Harris County.

Deputies are working to determine what happened.

The shooting started off on Hodges at Harrison in the community of McNair.

"Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow," neighbor Frederick Fretty said.

That's what Fretty heard while he was playing video games with his sister Saturday night. He would soon learn that his neighbor had been wounded in a deadly shootout.

"I think he was limping a little bit because when he was going to his car he was bleeding on his shoulder," Fretty recalled.

Investigators say the trouble started after three suspects pulled into the driveway of the mobile home, got out of the car and confronted the tenant as he was coming outside.

Gunfire erupted with the suspects firing first. The resident fired back.

When the shootout finally ended, the two other suspects jumped in their car and raced away from the scene.

"Right now, the two other suspects are still on the loose," said Sgt. Robert Spurgeon with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "We're still investigating to determine who they are."

When HCSO deputies arrived, they found Fretty's neighbor and another man -- a suspected gunman -- lying in the driveway. Only his neighbor was still alive.

The investigation lasted well into the night.

Another neighbor, Ernest Banks, returned home more than five hours after shooting to find authorities were still there.

"It doesn't make sense. I hate crime like this. I don't know what the motive was but it's senseless," Banks said.

Neighbors only know the mobile home tenant as a man named Roy. He was taken to San Jacinto Methodist Hospital in serious but stable condition.

The two suspects were last seen in a small, dark-colored car -- possibly a Ford Mustang.

If you have any information about this case, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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