21-year-old may have been shot in Cypress neighborhood before being driven to different location

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- A 21-year-old man was gunned down in a Cypress neighborhood and then driven to a nearby business parking lot in a car with four other people inside, in what police are calling a gang-related shooting.

According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, deputies were called at about 2 p.m. to the area of Rustic Lake Lane and Fry Road, where they met with the group and found Diontre Barnes dead inside a gray Dodge Challenger.

Family members arrived on the scene, after getting a call from one of the friends in the car. Four people in the car were taken in for questioning. According to the victim's family, those were his friends.

"That don't make sense, why ride around with his body, and not take him to the hospital?" asked Patricia Turner, the victim's cousin.

According to the sheriff's office, Barnes was shot at a few minutes away in the 19700 block of Swan Valley Drive.

Neighbors there told ABC13 they saw the gray Challenger speed by.

Sheila Manzanalez was headed to the grocery store when she heard the gunshots and ducked for her life.

"You heard about 18 shots," Manzanalez recalled.

Manzanalez didn't see where the gunshots were coming from, but one of the bullets ended up just feet in front of her.

No other people were reported to be seriously injured.

The four others in the car told police the suspect's vehicle is a light-colored SUV.

Officials ask that anyone with information about this case contact the sheriff's office or Crime Stoppers of Houston.

In the midst of the law enforcement activity, Cy-Fair ISD said six nearby campuses entered a precautionary "secure mode," which meant no one was allowed in or out of the building. The schools included Cypress Springs High School; Hopper and Thornton middle schools; and Andre, Duryea and Emery elementary schools.

The campuses were released from the secure measure at about 3 p.m.

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