Police: Drive-by prompted deadly shooting

A 17-year-old man is found dead in his apartment in southwest Houston

February 21, 2011 8:19:16 AM PST
Police are interviewing witnesses after a 17-year-old man was shot and killed at an apartment in southwest Houston. It happened at the Lakeside Forest apartments on Wilcrest near Oxtail around 6:45pm. According to police, earlier in the day the 17-year-old committed a drive-by shooting on the apartment of a 19-year-old acquaintance's friend. The 19-year-old learned about the shooting and went to his apartment.

Police say as the 19-year-old walked into his apartment and went upstairs, the 17-year-old male walked in behind him. The 17-year-old, allegedly highly intoxicated, bragged about shooting the friend's apartment, and then attempted to retrieve a semi-automatic pistol from his waistband.

The shooter retrieved his rifle, police say, shot toward the 17-year-old and struck him several times. The shooter then ran to a nearby gas station, flagged down a Harris County Precinct 5 deputy constable and advised him of the incident.

Authorities say the suspect claims he shot in self-defense. The investigation is ongoing.