Man, innocent bystander shot during argument involving victim's stepdaughter in Third Ward, HPD says

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Thursday, November 16, 2023
Stepdad, bystander shot when gunfire erupts in Third Ward, HPD says
A shooting investigation is underway in Houston's Third Ward after police say two people were injured along Alabama Street on Thursday.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two men, including a stepfather and an innocent bystander, were injured after shots were fired in Houston's Third Ward area Thursday afternoon.

The Houston Police Department said at about 12:30 p.m., two people were reportedly shot in the 3100 block of Alabama Street, just outside a convenience store.

HPD initially received reports of a woman shot in the leg who was taken to the hospital. In an update, police said it had actually been two men who were injured in the shooting.

Lt. Larry Crowson with HPD told ABC13 there was an argument between the alleged shooter and a stepfather.

Crowson said the argument was about the shooter allegedly talking inappropriately to the man's stepdaughter, believed to be 15 or 16 years old.

"They have an altercation over the male, who's the shooter, talking to the stepfather's daughter inappropriately, or he felt it was inappropriately, and they got into an argument about that. During that argument, the male produced a gun, shot the stepfather, and accidentally shot the second male," Crowson said.

When asked if the stepfather ever fired any shots, Crowson responded, "No, to our knowledge, the only person to have a gun was the shooter."

The two victims were taken to the hospital, where the stepfather involved in the argument remains in critical condition.

Officials said the man who had nothing to do with the dispute is stable with a gunshot wound to his leg.

Crowson said there is good surveillance video of the store to help in the investigation. Police said they know who the shooter is, but he is not in custody. He is believed to be 18 years old.

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