An 11-year-old Texas boy is dead after being fatally injured in a drive-by shooting. Police are still looking for answers, but authorities suspect the gunmen targeted the wrong family.
According to ABC13, the shooting took place around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday morning. Based on the number of casings found, authorities believe an assault rifle was used to shoot into the home where Kamren Cassius Jones was sleeping. Though there were other children located in the same room as the victim, no others were physically injured.
A neighbor, Donna Patterson, told KPRC Click2Houston that she heard 22 shots back to back during the time of the incident. “I just thought ‘oh my gosh, are they coming through the house?’” she said.
“It’s tragic,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters. “On the day that we honor Maleah Davis and her death. As we pay tribute and pay remembrance of her, that we’re now investigating the death of another child, so this is really heartbreaking.”
Gonzalez also called the shooters “cowards” for the way they assailed the residence without knowing who was inside. The family had only recently moved into the house that had previous reports of criminal activity.
Kamren was a student at Schochler Elementary School and the fourth oldest of his seven siblings. He was currently attending summer classes. According to a GoFundMe set up in his honor, his father, Kenyatta, took care of him and his siblings. The organizer said the young boy was being raised with “love and value.”
Texas police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the shooter(s).