An investigation is underway after a 13-year-old driver was shot and killed and a 13-year-old passenger was injured on the North Loop early Thursday morning.

The shooting happened on the I-610 North Loop westbound lanes between Irvington and Fulton just before 1 a.m.

Houston police said two 13-year-old boys and another juvenile were in a vehicle when someone in a black SUV fired shots at them.

The teen driver was shot and transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The 13-year-old passenger, who was also shot, was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police said the third juvenile in the vehicle was not injured.

The shooting could have been road rage or possibly gang-related, investigators believe.

One of the teens told police the shooter was in a black Chevrolet Tahoe, according to HPD. That’s the only description police had.

“Most of the shots were targeted on the passenger side, however, the driver of the vehicle that was shot – a male juvenile – was struck in the back by one of the bullets,” Lt. Ignacio Izaguirre said.

Police interviewed the passenger, though the lieutenant said he hadn’t been very cooperative with investigators and was struggling to give a description of what he saw.

Investigators shut down all lanes of the North Loop for hours as they collected evidence in the shooting. The freeway has since reopened.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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