2 14-year-olds charged after 12-year-old girl shot in stolen car in N. Harris Co., constable says

Friday, April 28, 2023
2 teens charged after 12-year-old girl shot in stolen car: Pct. 4
Two 14-year-olds are facing charges after a 12-year-old girl was shot in a north Harris County neighborhood on Gripper Way overnight.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A 12-year-old girl is recovering after being shot by a 14-year-old in a north Harris County neighborhood overnight, according to authorities.

The teen is in custody, along with a 14-year-old girl who deputies said was driving a stolen car when the shooting happened.

Deputies with Harris County Precinct 4 responded to the entrance of a neighborhood in the 19900 block of Imperial Green Drive at Imperial Lake Drive around 2 a.m. Friday in reference to a 12-year-old girl who had been shot.

Neighbors near where the chase ended shared video with ABC13 from the incident. In the video, you can hear at least eight gunshots before the vehicle crashes.

"Oh my God," Jnean Braswell, who lives nearby, said. "I mean nothing really happens around this neighborhood. I stayed up pretty late last night. Im surprised I didn't hear any gunshots."

Constable Mark Herman's office said the girl was shot in the abdomen and the arm. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

While investigating what happened, deputies learned that the victim and four other juveniles drove to a residence in the 20100 block of Gripper Way to confront another 14-year-old.

During the altercation, deputies said the 14-year-old pulled out a gun and fired multiple times into the vehicle, striking the 12-year-old girl, who was sitting in the back seat.

After the shooting, the 14-year-old girl who was driving the vehicle fled the scene to the 19900 block of Imperial Green Drive and drove off the roadway, hitting a sign and a cable box, deputies said.

That's when the juvenile driver ditched the vehicle, fled on foot, and called 911 for help, Pct. 4 said.

When deputies found the vehicle, they discovered it had recently been stolen.

Investigators believe the shooter chased the victims directly after the shooting, and that's what caused the 14-year-old driver to go off the roadway and hit the sign.

Deputies said they were able to locate the owner of the stolen vehicle.

The 14-year-old accused of shooting the 12-year-old girl is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Pct. 4 said. The 14-year-old girl who was driving the stolen car is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

They were both arrested and booked into the Harris County Juvenile Detention Center.

Deputies did not release the identities of the suspects since they are juveniles.