2 people wanted in deadly shooting of transgender woman in east Houston neighborhood

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Friday, July 29, 2022
Transgender woman shot and killed 'in 10 seconds' in E. Houston
In surveillance video shared with ABC13 by a neighbor, you can see the suspects drive away after the deadly shooting.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Police are searching for two people who were with a transgender woman when she was shot and killed in an east Houston neighborhood overnight -- including the gunman.

The shooting happened very quickly, in just 10 seconds, according to Houston police detectives.

The victim was shot in the back in the middle of Wood Shadows Drive near the East Freeway around 1:45 a.m. Friday, police said.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives said the victim was driving her car -- a four-door maroon Chrysler 200 -- with two other people also inside.

Police said the woman stopped the car on Centerwood Drive at Wood Shadows Drive, and she and a man got out.

That's when the suspect fired one shot from behind before getting back in the car and taking off, according to HPD.

"Our victim stepped out of the vehicle, was driving another person - it's hard to say - they were dressed in black, possibly a male," Det. Sgt. Thomas Simmons said. "They got out of the backseat. There was one gunshot fired. The victim fell. The suspect returned to the back of the vehicle. The vehicle left."

In surveillance video shared with ABC13 by a neighbor, you can see the car driving down Centerwood, approaching Wood Shadows.

The headlights turn off and a few seconds later, the car stops in the middle of the road.

The view is obstructed by a parked car, but you can see some movement.

You can watch the surveillance footage in the video player above.

Police said the two suspects abandoned the victim's car two blocks away on a dead-end street.

Investigators believe the shooting has no connection to the surrounding homes in the neighborhood.

They're reviewing surveillance video, hoping to get a better look at exactly what happened.

The victim's car was towed away from the scene and is being processed.

Investigators are working to figure out where the group was before the shooting.

Detectives said the shooting happened quickly, in just 10 seconds. The woman was shot from behind and the gunman quickly got back into her car before driving away.

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