A gunmen shot four people, killing three of them in southwest Houston. Two of the victims killed in the mass shooting were just 18 years old. It happened around 11 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of an apartment complex at Ranchester and Bellwood.
Texas teenagers murdered for nothing
According to Houston police, it started with five people in parking lot who got into a confrontation with two men in a gold or brown sedan.
During the argument, the men say they’ll come back. Ten to 15 minutes later, they return and open fire “completely unprovoked,” said HPD Commander David Angelo. Two 18-year-olds, a man and a woman, were killed. A man in his 40s also died.
“You see the bodies slumped over of two teenagers. It’s just a senseless loss of life. It angers me. It saddens me that this is happening in this community. Gun violence continues to be on the rise, not only in Houston, but around the country as well, so we need to do a better job as a community, as a society, of getting a handle on this violence. It’s completely senseless,” Angelo said.
A fourth person was wounded in the shooting, but survived. The fifth person at the scene was not injured. Police are looking for those responsible, but did not have a clear description. This incident is considered a mass shooting, which is when there are three or more victims.
The Gun Violence Archive reports there have been 20 mass shootings in Houston since February 2020, including Wednesday night’s quadruple shooting in southwest Houston. Sixty-seven people were hurt and 27 people were killed in those 20 mass shootings.
Houston shooting deaths are on the rise
The family of a Houston rapper who was found shot to death on a Midtown street Monday morning called hospitals in a desperate search when he did not come home.
Xavier Roberson, also known as Obe Noir, was gunned down around 3:45 a.m. on Fannin Street near Rosalie, according to Houston police. A memorial now marks where his life ended and his mother’s questions began.
“I really want to know what happened to my child and who did this to my child and why. It’s devastating. It really is,” said his mother, Melissa Roberson, during an interview with Eyewitness News on Thursday. “That’s the hardest thing you could imagine that your child was running for his life.”
Police said witnesses heard gunshots and saw Xavier running down the street before a car started circling around him. That’s when two men got out and shot him.