Houston couple and their six-year-old daughter are executed in their apartment while wounded child, 10, held her one-year-old brother in her arms and played dead until the masked shooter fled
- Gunman entered Houston apartment Wednesday night after knocking, then lined up family on a couch and shot each in the head, relatives say
- Among the victims were a father, a pregnant mother and their six-year-old daughter
- Couple’s 10-year-old daughter was shot in the arm but survived by playing dead and later called her grandmother for help on FaceTime
- A one-year-old boy who witnessed the shooting was unharmed, and couple’s eight-year-old son was away with an uncle at the time
- Police say victims may have known the shooter because there were no signs of a break-in
Police in Houston are hunting for a gunman who executed a couple and their six-year-old daughter, threw a baby by the hair and wounded a 10-year-old child who survived by playing dead and was able to call her grandmother on FaceTime to summon help.
The triple homicide unfolded at 10.30pm on Wednesday at an apartment complex in the 12100 block of Fondren Road, Houston Assistant Police Chief Patricia Cantu said during a press conference overnight.
When authorities arrived on the scene, they found a father, a 29-year-old pregnant mother and a six-year-old girl who were fatally shot, Cantu said.
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A deadly shooting in Houston claimed the lives of a couple and their six-year-old daughter, and left their 10-year-old child wounded and traumatized
A masked gunman was said to have knocked on the door of this apartment on Fondren Road on Wednesday night, pulled a gun and opened fire
The slain couple’s 10-year-old daughter was shot in the arm and was taken to a hospital in stable condition. Her one-year-old brother, who was in the apartment, was unharmed, and her other brother, aged eight, was away with his uncle at the time of the attack, reported KTRK.
Police do not yet have a suspect description but the victims may have known the shooter because there were no signs of a break-in, Cantu said.
‘This was a very, very tragic scene. We’re sending out prayers to the family,’ Cantu said. ‘This was a very difficult scene not only for us but for the family as well.’
A 10-year-old survivor told family the killer lined up her parents and sister on the couch and shot each of them in the head
The 10-year-old girl was shot in the arm but survived by playing dead, then called her grandmother for help, relatives said (pictured)
According to relatives, the 10-year-old survivor said the shooter, whom she described as a man in a medical mask, knocked on the door and pulled out a gun.
The girl’s mother was said to have told the intruder that he had the wrong apartment, but he went inside, threw the one-year-old boy by the hair, then lined up the family members on the couch and shot each of them in the head.
The 10-year-old, who suffered a gunshot wound to the arm near the elbow, held her baby brother and pretended to be dead.
After the gunman left, the girl called her grandmother and showed her the harrowing scene inside the apartment on FaceTime. The grandmother then summoned the police.
Police say the victims may have known the shooter because there were no signs of a break-in
The bleeding child was said to have spent about 15 minutes with her parents and sister’s bodies until help arrived.
Investigators said they believe the gunman possibly knew the victims.
‘This was probably not a home invasion… there was no damage,’ Cantu said. ‘There was possibly a known disturbance of some sort.