A suspect in the shooting death of a 13-year-old girl was Thursday arrested after a short chase, after a tipster’s call to 911, authorities say.
A suspect was in custody late Thursday and his female companion was also detained hours after a 13-year-old Houston girl was shot in the chest in a drive-by shooting, according to reports.
The girl was sitting on a bed with her sister when she was struck by a single bullet fired from outside, the Houston Chronicle. She was in stable condition in a hospital Thursday evening, according to a Twitter message from Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County, Texas.
The unknown suspect was arrested after a tipster recognized the suspect’s white pick-up truck and 911, Houston, and KHOU-TV reported. He was found, hidden in a metal container on a building site after leaving the truck and fleeing on foot, Houston’s KTRK-TV reported.
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It was not clear whether the female passenger was considered a suspect.
Three teenagers were in the caravan at the time of the shooting, around 4:30 pm, the Chronicle. The authorities were unable to say what prompted the shooting, or that the house was specifically targeted.
The girl’s father said that he had no reason to believe that someone would focus on the family, according to the Chronicle.
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“He said he had no problems with anybody,” Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy spokesman Thomas Gilliland told the newspaper.
The attack came just days after the two suspects were arrested in the Dec. 30 shooting death of 7-year-old Houston girl Jazmine Barnes, the paper noted.