Police are looking for a person of interest after one man was killed and three other men were hurt when shots were fired in Midtown on Monday.
Houston police released a surveillance photo of a man they are calling a person of interest wanted for questioning. He’s described as a Black man who was wearing a red bandana on his head, a white hooded Aeropostale sweatshirt, dark-colored pants, and white sneakers.
WANTED: Surveillance photo of person of interest wanted for questioning in a fatal shooting of 1 man & wounding of 3 others at 1000 Gray St. just before 6 pm on Monday (April 17).
Tips: HPD Homicide 713-308-3600 or @CrimeStopHOU.
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) April 18, 2023
The man has not been charged, but police said they want to talk to him after gathering evidence and talking to witnesses.
Meanwhile, one of the men shot, Marcelious Jefferson, told reporters that a bullet was still lodged in his thigh.
“A guy walked up, and he had his hand in his pocket. There was no arguing or nothing. So he said something and ducked down and ran, and the bullet hit me in the hip,” Jefferson, who was still wearing his hospital wristband, said when he visited the shooting scene.
In addition, reporters obtained surveillance video showing the first gunman firing shots at several people sitting at the Sonoco gas station on Fannin and West Gray. The man seen in the surveillance video shooting at people would, within moments, be shot dead a short distance away by a second gunman.
The brazen shootout is the latest incident near Fannin and West Gray that has some long-time residents carrying their own weapons.
“If I don’t carry a gun, I would probably be halfway maimed, beaten up, broken leg, burns all over my body, and Molotov cocktails out there,” Alex Shaskevich, a resident who wore a handgun on his hip, told ABC13.
According to the Houston Police Department, officers responded to a shooting call just before 6 p.m. Monday at 1000 Gray St.
In an initial report from HPD, investigators said the first shots were fired on Gray Street near San Jacinto.
Houston police said a gunman took aim at a man he had a problem with. Another person was unintentionally shot at that scene.
“He walked up to victim number one and said, ‘Do you remember me?’ Then he shot that victim,” Houston police Cmdr. Caroleta Johnson said on Monday.
The shooter took off, running down Gray toward the bus station, HPD said. That’s when a second shooter came out of a Louisiana Fried Chicken restaurant and shot and killed the first shooter.
A ride-share driver was unintentionally shot at the second scene, police said.
In all, four people were shot throughout the ordeal. A 62-year-old man who police believe was the first shooter was killed.
The other three men who were shot were taken to area hospitals and are expected to recover.
Police said it’s unclear how the second shooter may know the other people involved, but investigators believe the first shooter and his victim definitely had a connection.
Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the person of interest is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or speak anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.