Houston police investigators believe Cornelius Williams was targeted when he was shot near the 6100 block of Moss Oak around 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
"I heard a baby screaming in the car, just screaming, so I ran over there," said Laporscha Calhoun, who was in her yard when the shooting occurred nearby.
Police said Williams was apparently approached by a man who said he needed help to change a tire, and that person shot Williams. Williams jumped back in the car and drove a few feet before hitting a fire hydrant.
"I gave the guy my blanket and this other lady put the blanket toward the wound and applied pressure," said Calhoun, who also tried to comfort the little boy while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
Williams was pronounced dead at LBJ Hospital, but the little boy was unharmed.
"It could have been two lives, thank the lord, my grandson come out, nothing too much wrong with him except to be traumatized," said grandfather Rodney Richards, who lives nearby.
Richards said his grandson occasionally spent time with Williams, though he was uncertain why the little boy was with Williams during the shooting.
Court records show Williams has had multiple run-ins with the law. Investigators said they currently have no suspects but do believe Williams was targeted.
There is no clear motive for the murder of the 35-year-old.
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