Police make arrest hours after deadly double shooting in SE Houston

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Thursday, March 9, 2023
Search for person of interest in deadly shooting, 1 other injured
Authorities are searching for a person of interest after two men were shot, one of whom died, behind a Burger King in southeast Houston.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A suspect on a bicycle being sought after two people were shot - one of them fatally - has been arrested, Houston police said on Wednesday night.

The police department tweeted information hours after investigators released images of a person tied to two connected shootings earlier in the day on Bellfort in southeast Houston.

"Thanks to officers with our Southeast Patrol & Crime Reduction Units, this suspect was taken into custody earlier tonight near the shooting scene," Houston police tweeted. "His bicycle & gun were also recovered."

Police did not immediately identify the suspect.

The arrest concludes a daylong ordeal that started at about 11 a.m., when officers say they were flagged down by a witness who said that a man had been shot behind a Burger King.

By the time officers arrived at the scene, they found a man dead in the parking lot behind the fast food restaurant. After talking with a witness who stayed on the scene, officers were able to get a description of the suspect, and a search ensued.

During the search, at about 11:20 a.m., law enforcement found spent bullets at a Walgreens on 8301 Broadway, where a blood trail was also spotted. As the search continued, authorities said they found a second victim behind KinderCare, a day care center, at 7806 Bellfort. He was taken to the hospital. He is expected to be OK, according to police.

Since then, police were making an urgent search for the suspect who was originally called a person of interest.

Eyewitness News confirmed KinderCare on Bellfort was on a brief lockdown due to the shootings. They sent us the following statement:

"Our center went on a brief lockdown during lunchtime today after our staff noticed police activity in the neighborhood. We immediately let families know about the lockdown and reassured them their children were safe. Children were indoors at the time and unaware of the situation as they were eating lunch and preparing for naptime."

Police say it's possible the victims and the suspect are all part of the homeless community that lives in the area.

"That is still part of the preliminary investigation. Probably part of a community out here, the homeless community where everybody probably is aware of everybody, but our investigators are trying to determine that at this moment," Commander Spears with HPD said.

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