Man found shot to death after car crash in Houston's East End, 2 suspects detained, HPD says

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Friday, January 20, 2023
Man found dead in crashed car after up to 15 shots fired in East End
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The HPD helicopter managed to spot the suspects hiding under a car after body heat was detected. Surveillance video shows quick flashes of gunfire coming from both sides of the car.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Dramatic new video shows the moment two suspects were caught on camera shooting and killing a man in the middle of an East End neighborhood.

Houston police were called to Eastwood Street and Bell Street, not far from Lantrip Elementary School, for a shooting in progress call just before 2 a.m. Friday.

Officers reportedly responded to the scene quickly, but the victim, a Hispanic man in his 20s, was already dead. Police said he was shot at least four times, and it appeared he was also robbed.

According to detectives, the victim was driving a gray car that came to a stop when it crashed into a tree in the front yard of a home. Video from the scene shows bullet holes and broken windows on the gray car.

The new surveillance video captured the moment a car drove down Bell Street. Seconds later, the headlights turn off. Then, the car stops for several seconds. The video then shows quick flashes of gunfire coming from both sides of the car -- which then slowly rolls down the street before crashing into the curb.

As many as 15 shots were fired, police said -- just feet away from homes with sleeping families.

As those shots rang out, someone in the neighborhood looked out the window and spotted two suspects running from the scene. Investigators said this was critical information in helping police track down the suspects.

The witness said both suspects were dressed in all black.

Officers quickly created a perimeter in the area and began searching.

A K-9 and an HPD helicopter, which managed to spot an area about two blocks away where body heat was detected, were deployed.

The suspects were found hiding under a car, investigators said. An adult and juvenile both eventually surrendered to police.

"They were under vehicles in the carport. They were hiding under vehicles. So we started giving voice commands. Fox (the helicopter) was up above, got the heat signal, and the K-9 was right there as they gave the voice commands. The suspects came out and surrendered," an HPD officer at the scene said.

The two suspects were placed in the back of police vehicles at the scene.

Detectives were searching the area for any weapons that may have been used in the shooting. Officers reportedly found evidence connected to the case ditched somewhere in the neighborhood. They also found multiple shell casings in the middle of the street.

"This is not necessarily a high-crime area. No, it's not. I wouldn't say it's unusual. It happens. But sometimes it's random. It's not every Friday night it happens. It's sporadic, but this is normally a good area," the officer said.

Investigators were working to determine the motive of the shooting. It is unclear if it was a targeted or random attack.

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