A black backpack is left on stage where a shooting left a Lamar High School student dead near the junction…
Photo: Yi-Chin Lee / Houston Chronicle
A Lamar High School student was killed on Tuesday afternoon about a block from campus in a shot that Houston police believe was a targeted attack .
At least three suspects, one of them masked, confronted the 18-year-old student and a 15-year-old girl with him around 12:15, according to officials. An attacker opened fire and shot him on the sidewalk off the parking lot Bethany Christian Church, which neighbors at Oaks campus. Sagittarius marked the third gun-related death of a Lamar student in a week.
The shooter who was responsible for killing his teens then stood over him and dismissed more shots, said Houston police chief assistant chief troy finds at a press conference. 19659012] A bullet betrayed the girl’s shoulder that was with his teens. She is also a Lamar student .
“We will not just stand and let our streets be bloodbathed, we are not,” says Finn.
He said gang violence could have been a factor in the shot but he could not confirm that as the reason. “
” I do not care why it happened. You know what? I want to stop it. I want to get the individual, all these individuals who are triggers and shoot people like they are crazy in our city, “says Finn.
Dozens or so shots – and the screams that followed – were heard by a team of construction worker with the task of building a new $ 129.2 million to the 82-year-old school. One of the workers, Pedro Enriquez 21, paused when he heard the shot. He hid behind a few cars and waited for the shooting to end. A black vehicle escapes from the scene.
Enriquez and his coworkers rushed over to help the teens, according to a Facebook Live video, he is back the crash. The sign shows the teenagers lying relentlessly on the ground while another construction worker tried to perform CPR on him.
Before the first respondents could reach the scene, the tense breath of the teenager seemed to stop. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.
“I was so sad. I tried to pray for him, because he was already lost, “said Enriquez.
The shooter was last seen with a mask, black hoodie and possibly black clothes when he fled with the other suspects in a four door, black Subaru with paper cards, found The 1950’s was shot by a police bag.
The teenage girl who was also shot was expected to be OK. She co-operated with authorities, said the police.
Although separated by the construction site, Eastside Street and the church parking lot, it sent deadly Lamar High School and the nearby St. John’s School for a lockdown lasting at least two hours.
As soon as the locking ended, the classes resumed, but several students started leaving school early with their parents.
Vickie Snow picked up his ninth-degree son and left the school area deadly late off campus dead, and two on November 7th. She said her son, Spencer, had known the 15-year-old boys who died last week in the apparent murder killings since the elementary school. According to Harris County Medical Examiner, Samuel Yeargain killed his best friend, Pierce Schwartz, and then turned the gun on himself in his apartment at the River Oaks Park, about half a mile from the campus.
“It’s just too much, too early,” Snow said with his son. “I’m just glad he’s sure.”
She described the chaos as she encountered inside Lamar as parents tried to retrieve their children.
“The parents are more upset than anything else,” Snow said. “It was crazy in there. Lots of kids cry and lots of parents cool.”
Miss Claire Romero left school limping. She never heard the shooting, but a rebellion at the cafeteria made her and others start running without knowing if they were in danger or not.
“I tripped and injured myself,” said Romero. “It really scared me. I had a panic attack. People were just confused.”
Under the heading back to class, younger Braden Nathan said that he and other students seemed unbelievable of his classmate’s death.
“Students have now become desensitized to crime and violence. It’s just something that’s going on. You just have to keep on doing it,” said Nathan.
The killed student was not immediately identified but Houston ISD interim superintendent Grenita Lathan said he was transferred from Yates High School, where the post-school activities scheduled Tuesday were interrupted.
Houston ISD police made plans to increase patrols at Lamar and Yates, while Lathan assured the public that despite all violence, all other children were safe.
“We need city help,” said Lathan. “Our children should be able to come to school and learn in a safe environment, and they should be safe when leaving our campus.”
In a statement on Tuesday night, Mayor Sylvester Turner condemned death as “a cruel act of violence” and urged them with tips on suspects to contact Houston Police or Crime Stoppers at 713-222 TIPS.
Lamar High School Principal Rita Graves said that counseling is available to all students and staff.
“It’s a hard week for Lamar students,” said Graves. “Our children have taken care of each other, it’s a good, strong society.”
Samantha Ketterer contributed to this report.