19-year-old identified after shots fired near HPD substation

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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You'll want to play this video a few times because yes, what happened is just that wild. HPD Chief Art Acevedo said two adult men who fired off shots were trying to show off for two 15-year-old girls.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 19-year-old is charged with felony deadly conduct after police say he fired an assault-style rifle near an HPD substation.

Officials say two suspects in possession of a rifle were trying to impress two 15-year-old girls when the shots were fired.

Police Chief Art Acevedo said it happened around 10:30 p.m. Monday. He said officers were in the parking lot of the HPD substation when they heard four to five shots fired, with one of the shots hitting a tree by the parking lot.

Officers quickly found the two suspects and two girls at Law Park, which is not too far from the HPD substation. Acevedo said the suspects and the girls waited for patrol officers to arrive and were detained without incident.

During an investigation, officers learned 19-year-old Rodger Coleman borrowed an AK-47 assault-style rifle. He then picked up his brother, along with two 15-year-old girls who were babysitting a 5-year-old child and a puppy.

"Our investigation has determined they were not targeting the station. The girls told them, 'Do you realize that's the police station over there?'" Acevedo said during a briefing with reporters Tuesday morning. "When a helicopter spotted them, they knew there was nowhere to go."

Coleman's bond was set at $50,000.

His brother and the two 15-year-olds were released, and the 5-year-old that was with them was taken to the child's mother.

Although no one was hurt, Acevedo wants to remind others about the dangers of such acts.

"When you discharge a firearm in a populated area, that is deadly conduct. We can't tolerate that. We're fortunate the rounds hit a tree and not an officer in the parking lot," he said.

The recent shooting comes after officers heard 50 to 60 shots nearby on June 7.

The shooter from that incident was never found.