Charges have been filed against two suspects arrested in the fatal shooting of a man at 4402 Bell Street about 1:55 a.m. on Monday (Jan. 20).
The adult suspect, Jorge Vasquez, 17, is charged with capital murder in the 179th State District Court. A booking photo of Vasquez is attached to this news release.
The second suspect, a male, 15, has been referred to Harris County Juvenile Probation authorities on a capital murder charge. Photos and names of juvenile suspects are not available for release.
The identity of the victim, 23, is pending verification by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences.
HPD Homicide Division Detectives S. Overstreet and J. Jorsch reported:
HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call in the 4400 block of Bell Street and heard another gunshot. The officers observed a vehicle partially propped up on the curb at 4402 Bell Street. The vehicle was still running, but was stopped by a hill and a large tree. Officers observed the driver suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Paramedics pronounced him deceased at the scene.
Officers located Vasquez and the juvenile hiding under cars near the scene and took them into custody. Investigators learned one of the suspects was in a verbal altercation with the victim that escalated with shots being fired. The victim was struck and robbed.
Vasquez and the juvenile male were subsequently arrested and charged for their roles in the incident.