HOUSTON (Gray News) – Police are looking for a suspect after a Texas father was fatally shot while driving with his two young sons. The boys were forced to get the car off the highway to safety.
A 29-year-old father was driving around 10:40 p.m. Friday on Interstate 10 in Houston with his sons, ages 6 and 8, when the boys heard a loud noise and saw their father collapse on the wheel, KTRK Reports.
The boys grabbed the wheel and pulled away from the freeway to a mall parking lot, where they got help from a woman exiting a nearby restaurant.
Police determined that the victim was shot in the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His sons told police they thought someone threw a stone at the car, according to KPRC.
The boys were not injured in the incident.
Police thanked the boys for their quick wit in getting the car off the busy highway, saying their actions could have prevented another tragedy, KTRK reports.
The agents are now looking for the gunman. Any motive is unknown.
“We don’t know if it was road rage or if it was someone who was actually trying to catch these individuals,” said Lt. R. Willkens of the Houston Police Department. “So prayers for their families. The kids are safe right now.
HPD is looking for a “white passenger vehicle”, according to CNN. Investigators should review video footage from highway cameras and look for witnesses in the area.
Anyone with information should contact Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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