UPDATE – New details regarding the July 4th road rage incident involving gunfire that caused fireworks inside a vehicle to go off, injuring four people.
Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office stated that the incident occurred when the family was driving and got into a dispute with a fellow driver. The two vehicles were said to have pulled into a gas station on Highway 249 where the two men driving got out and a verbal altercation took place.
During the altercation, HCSO said that the suspect showed the father a firearm which prompted him to get back inside his truck with his family and leave.
As the father was leaving, the gunman reportedly opened fire at the family’s vehicle which caused the fireworks they had just purchased to go off inside.
It was said by officials that the mother and father were transported to the UTMB Galveston hospital and the children, who were ages one and two, were transported to Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston.
Both children suffered severe burns to their bodies and were listed in critical condition upon entering the hospital.
The suspect is described by investigators as a man in his 20s driving a newer model, light-colored Ford Expedition. Witnesses at the scene also reported that there were possibly additional people inside the suspect’s vehicle.
An investigation of the incident is ongoing by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office released the following surveillance video showing the incident.
HOUSTON – According to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office, two children and adults have suffered burns after another fired shots into their car, causing the fireworks within the family’s vehicle to ignite and go off.
The incident occurred in the 1800 block of West Mt. Houston Rd., the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office on the investigation. The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office states this event was a due to road rage and the gunfire hit the fireworks inside the vehicle causing them to go off.
At this time, it is unknown the extent of the injuries to the family, two or three of the family members required to be transported to a local area hospital via LifeFlight.
There has been no update on their conditions or extent of the burns at this time. The suspect and victims’ names have not yet been released.