Authorities responded to reports of a shooting near a gas station at 8601 Southwest Freeway around 1:15 p.m.
HPD commanders, Major Assaults detectives & PIO are en route to scene of a child shot near a gas station at 8601 Southwest Fwy inbound. Preliminary info is the child was transported to an area hospital with at least one gunshot wound in an unknown condition. #hounews— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) May 1, 2019
Police say the suspect started shooting into the victim's car which had a 1-year-old and another young child inside.
The 1-year-old was shot once in the upper shoulder area. Family identified the little boy as Brandon Jayden Ross.
Friends, I really need your help! This little boy Brandon needs some good vibes, positive thoughts, & prayers sent his way. 🙏🏻 Mom says her son is a fighter. He’s the one year old shot during a frightening incident on the SW Freeway feeder road -> https://t.co/TEvaD7GGk0. #abc13 pic.twitter.com/tts6KwmSly— Steve Campion (@SteveABC13) May 2, 2019
The child's father immediately pulled over to a gas station where witnesses attempted to help the child.
The 1-year-old was transported to Texas Children's Hospital in stable condition.
According to police, the father accidentally cut the suspect off on the feeder road before the shooting. The father told authorities that he even tried to apologize, but the suspect started waving a gun.
HPD LATEST: victim tried to apologize to the suspect for cutting him off. Suspect fired two shots into the car; drove off. Suspect vehicle: newer model blue Camry or Honda Accord. pic.twitter.com/P8oYVr17Q1— Erica Simon (@EricaOnABC13) May 1, 2019
Witnesses describe the suspect as an African American man driving a blue Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.
Brandon's family has launched two GoFundMe campaigns: one to help cover his medical expenses and another for a birthday party to lift his spirits.
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