16-year-old dies after shooting in Cypress, deputies say

CYPRESS, Texas (KTRK) -- An investigation is underway in the shooting death of a 16-year-old in the Cypress area.

The shooting happened Friday at around 12:15 p.m. in the 20200 block of Baron Brook Drive, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Public information officer for the Harris County Sheriff's Office, Thomas Gilliland, said constables were called to the scene after a 16-year-old was shot in front of the residence. EMS was also called to the scene, and the teen was treated for a gunshot wound to the chest.

Gilliland said the teen was taken to the Houston Methodist in Katy where he later died.

The home where the teen was shot is known to be a hangout and was filled with other juveniles from 15, 16, and 17 years old, along with kids as young as 7 to 8 years old, deputies said.

"There was probably more than a dozen to 15 different juveniles in the home at one time, along with another adult," Gilliland said.

Witnesses inside the house told deputies they heard a pop sound, when they went outside they saw the teen had been shot.

"The way it came through the call slip to [Harris County] Precinct 5 was that they walked outside, heard a pop, and found the individual laying by himself in the front the yard," Gilliland said. "Nobody drove by. No car left. We're trying to make sure that, that's the story of what happened or if there's another story get to what's really going on, what the truth is."

Authorities said they are conducting interviews and gathering more information.
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