Driver fatally shot, crashes truck into yard in southeast Houston

November 9, 2012 9:43:29 AM PST
The search is on to find the passenger who gunned a man down before fleeing the vehicle. That driver was fatally shot overnight, then left for dead in a southeast side neighborhood after his truck crashed and the shooter jumped out.

The truck went through two fences, hit two other cars, and ended up in the yard of a home on Duane and Larkspur.

Criss Jerald Knight, 50, was shot and killed overnight, police say, by a passenger in his truck. Investigators say the shooting happened as Knight and his unidentified passenger were driving down Duane Street in southeast Houston.

Witnesses living in this neighborhood say they heard multiple gunshots.

"Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow. That was it," said one neighbor.

After the fatal shooting, Knight lost control and crashed into a fence and several other parked cars. A resident, who didn't want to be identified, says she is just happy her car was in the driveway at the time to stop the truck from running into her house.

"I was inside and I heard a lot of commotion and then I heard my car alarm go off. I came outside and saw the truck that hit my car and saw all the damage that it had done," she told Eyewitness News.

She says her street is usually pretty quiet and she was frightened when she realized a man was deceased inside the truck.

"I was pretty shook up when I heard that the driver was deceased already," she said.

Police say after the truck came to a stop, the passenger jumped out and ran to another vehicle waiting nearby.

"Looks like the shooter was inside the vehicle at the time, exited the vehicle and entered another unknown vehicle and fled the scene," said Christopher Hassig with the Houston Police Department.

Witnesses tell us Knight was known around the neighborhood and say he didn't deserve to be shot and killed.

"The man wasn't any problem. He was a drug user; maybe it was a drug deal gone bad," one neighbor said.

Police still do not have a suspect identified and say anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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