Woman charged after 6-year-old boy shot multiple times during fight among children, Pct. 4 says

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Friday, March 3, 2023
Woman charged after 6-year-old shot in fight among kids, Pct. 4 says
Investigators believe the 34-year-old who was arrested is the mother of one of the young girls involved in the altercation.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- Deputies identified a woman charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after a 6-year-old boy was shot multiple times in northeast Harris County on Thursday.

Brittney Sanders, 34, was arrested after the shooting. She appeared in a Harris County courtroom Friday afternoon.

The judge questioned not only her motive but another adult who was at the scene. "It's difficult enough for me to conceive of driving my child to somebody else's house to pick a fight," the judge said. "Much less to bring my 6-year-old with me, especially in a state like Texas," she said.

The shooting happened on Thursday evening in the 6100 block of Cypresswood Green Drive, according to Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 6-year-old shot after woman fires into group of fighting girls, Pct. 4 says

When deputies arrived, they found a 6-year-old boy who had been shot in the arm and thigh. He was taken to a nearby hospital by his mother, Pct. 4 said.

A preliminary investigation revealed that Sanders fired a "warning shot" into the air as several young girls were involved in a physical altercation outside, deputies said.

As the girls went back toward the car they arrived in, Sanders allegedly fired two or three more shots at the vehicle.

The 6-year-old boy was inside the vehicle when the shots were fired, deputies said.

ABC13 spoke with a witness who didn't want to be identified.

" I started screaming,'Lady, put the gun down!' She wasn't listening," the witness recalled. "She started shooting again. She started getting closer and shooting one more round again. She got even closer and shot two more shots."

Pct. 4 said it appeared one of the young girls involved in the fight was the suspect's daughter.

Spring ISD school leaders confirmed an altercation first started at Spring High School involving a few of the teens. Once school was over, the groups regathered at the location to "finish the altercation," authorities said.

Prosecutors asked to have Sanders's bond set at $60,000. The judge decided on $20,000.

"I still recognize that a 6-year-old child was shot," the judge said. "I also recognize there are a lot of factors that play into that happenstance. Primarily, yes, for the defendant to bring a gun out and pull the trigger," the judge said.

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