2 charged in drive-by shooting that injured 13-year-old girl in N. Harris Co.

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2 charged in drive-by shooting that injured 13-year-old girl

A man and a woman have been charged in connection to the drive-by shooting that injured a 13-year-old girl.

Steven LeBlanc Blanco, 28, and Allison Strong-Matyas, 19, have both been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Tatiana Castro was sitting on the floor of her mobile home on Maeline Street in northeast Harris County when a bullet pierced the bottom of a window, hitting her chest.

She was sitting next to her 14-year-old sister. The sister told investigators she heard a pop, and Tatiana slumped forward with a small trickle of blood on her upper chest.

"She's going to recover," mother Elida Trevino. "I was in shock, but thank God she's doing better now."

Trevino and her two daughters just happened to be staying the night with Trevino's friend when the shooting happened. He told Eyewitness News he wasn't home during the incident.

Tatiana has since been released from the hospital.

Harris County Sheriff's Office said Blanco was arrested after someone saw his pickup truck on TV and called in a tip.

"That was the crucial part of putting that piece out," said Thomas Gilliland with HCSO. "It was within an hour of putting that tweet out that a witnesses saw the truck."

Deputies said they attempted to stop the truck in front of a Houston fire station on Greens Road, but Blanco and Strong-Matyas fled on foot.

A helicopter was used to search a nearby construction site, where Blanco was found hiding in a metal container. Strong-Matyas was found nearby on a side street. They were both taken into custody late Thursday night.

Deputies said they believe the shooting was targeted because witnesses told them the driver of the truck pulled up to the home, stopped, and then fired.

Strong-Matyas was reportedly inside the vehicle during the shooting.
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