Houston crime: The scene of the alleged car shooting that killed a 5-year-old has a history of violence, data shows

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A 5-year-old child was killed and an 8-year-old taken to the hospital in a suspected drive-by shooting early Sunday at a north Houston intersection.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 5-year-old dead, 8-year-old injured in north Houston car shooting, police say

Police told ABC13 on Monday they are looking for a silver four-door sedan and two suspects they say opened fire on a street at an intersection where investigators work crime scenes far too often.

The shooting happened at the junction of Northborough and Rushcreek at a bus stop when two people opened fire on a passing car with two children inside. One of them, just 5 years old, died. And while investigators have released very little about the victims or the killers, they are working to find answers.

“We’re out here looking for surveillance footage and collecting evidence,” said Chandra Hatcher, Houston’s Deputy Police Commissioner. “We don’t know a motive. We don’t have any suspicious descriptions.”

Police have been to the intersection before, and the neighborhood is familiar with violent crime. In fact, Northborough Drive seems to be a magnet. ABC13 has covered countless crimes here.

In September 2021, a parking lot shot over a dented car door killed a man. His shooting was caught on camera.

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Months earlier, the community held a rally to denounce gun violence after a man was shot and paralyzed. But the violence here is not a new phenomenon.

In September 2015, another man was killed in a late-night shooting at the same intersection where the 5-year-old was killed on Sunday morning. And 14 months earlier, on the same corner, in the middle of the afternoon, in the parking lot of an apartment complex, a woman was shot multiple times.

In the last month alone, Houston Police Department data revealed 25 violent crimes in a five-block area along Northborough, 10 of them at the spot where this weekend’s gunfire injured one child and killed another.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is aware of crime in this part of Houston and throughout the city. In February, his administration launched One Safe Houston, a coordinated, research-based approach to crime.

The city reports that crime has declined in the five months since its inception. The latest tool goes into effect this week. Surveillance cameras are now required in certain stores, including grocery stores and nightclubs, to aid police in criminal investigations. However, it’s probably little consolation for a family mourning the loss of a 5-year-old to gun violence.

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