19-year-old finds his mother shot to death in her bedroom in W. Harris Co., deputies say

Wednesday, April 26, 2023
Family searching for answers after mother gunned down in home
A mother is dead after her west Harris County home was shot up. Investigators are working to find out why.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) -- A 46-year-old mother of three was killed in a shooting at her home in west Harris County on Wednesday morning, the sheriff's office said.

Just before 8 a.m., authorities received a 911 call about a shooting after a 19-year-old discovered his mother had been shot inside her bedroom at their home in the 3000 block of Winchester Ranch Trail.

According to officials, sometime at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, neighbors reported hearing gunshots and the sound of a car speeding away.

"I heard, 'Boom, boom, boom.' I told my husband, 'Did you hear that?' He said it sounded like gunshots," neighbor Elizabeth Rios said. "Maybe a few minutes later, we heard a car or a truck speed off. After that, it just went silent."

The 19-year-old found his mother dead the next morning and called 911.

The woman also has two 11-year-old twins who were inside the home at the time. The 19-year-old and the children were unharmed.

Detectives said multiple gunshots were fired into an upstairs bedroom, and shell casings were found on the street, adding they don't know the motive for the shooting at this time.

"We think that maybe when she heard something outside and got up to look out the window, and that's probably when she may have been shot," Sgt. Sidney Miller of Harris County Sheriff's Office Homicide Division said.

Deputies will be going door-to-door looking for security camera video to try and determine more about the vehicle used and the shooter.