Man dies in Katy-area double-shooting that injured 5-year-old

Saturday, January 30, 2021
Man dies in Katy-area double-shooting that injured 5-year-old
Deputies said the deadly shooting took place at his girlfriend's apartment where he was with the 5-year-old and an infant.

KATY, Texas (KTRK) -- An investigation is underway in a Katy-area apartment complex after a double-shooting killed a man and injured a 5-year-old Friday afternoon.

According to authorities, the shooting took place at 510 Westgreen Boulevard near Taylor High School when a man was at his girlfriend's apartment.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in an update that the suspect reportedly fired at the man multiple times before running away on foot.

During a press conference after the shooting, Captain Joe Ambriz with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said when officers arrived, they found a man, who appeared to be in his mid-20s, suffering from multiple bullet wounds.

Shortly after, they discovered the injured 5-year-old and an infant nearby.

Ambriz said it appears the child was grazed by a bullet while the infant was unharmed.

The man was transported by LifeFlight to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

Both children were transported to Memorial Hermann downtown where the infant was additionally checked out as a precautionary measure.

As of now, investigators aren't sure of the relation between the man and the children, but the apartment belonged to his girlfriend.

A next door neighbor says the victim and his girlfriend have been living at the apartment for about a year and that she just gave birth to their infant baby within the past month or two.

School officials with Katy ISD sent an alert to parents regarding the shooting, saying:

"Dear Taylor HS and Nottingham Country Elementary Parents/Guardians and Staff, The District has been informed of a shooting incident that has occurred near the area or THS and NCE. We do not have any additional information about the incident. However, out of an abundance of caution both campuses have been placed on a lockout-- meaning outside visitors are unable to access the building at this time. All students and staff are safe."

The cause of the shooting and a description of the suspect have not yet been released.

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