A 10-month-old little boy is dead after he was gunned down while his father took him for a walk in Houston on Wednesday afternoon, and police vow to “not rest” until they have the killers behind bars.
KHOU reports that the shooting happened just outside of the Nob Hill apartment complex, off of Braesvalley Drive. The dad, holding his son, was approached by three men when one of them suddenly opened fire, killing the baby. All three suspects fled the scene. The infant’s father ran screaming to a nearby gas station with his son in his arms. However, it was already too late. The boy had already died from gunshot wounds.
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“We’re not going to put up with this. Gangsters killing each other, not good. But gangsters – and these are going to end up being gangsters – killing a 10-month-old boy being held by his father, that’s outrageous,” Houston Police Chief, Art Acevedo, said.
The family told KHOU that the little boy, identified as Messiah Marshall, was learning to walk and had just started taking “baby steps” when he was killed.
“He was happy, he didn’t deserve this. I call them some punks. Anytime somebody wants to kill, shoot at somebody with a child, you a punk,” said Messiah’s grandmother, Jwana Wilson.
Willie Mason, the infant’s grandfather, said that Messiah was always smiling.
According to witnesses, the shooter was a male who appeared to be his 20s. He was wearing a white t-shirt. One of the other suspects was wearing a red hat. The child’s father told police that he had no idea who the shooters were, although witnesses said it appeared as if they were targeting Messiah’s dad. Police still haven’t released a motive for the shooting.
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“We’re going to start identifying these complexes where the majority of the people are good, but they’re held hostage in their own apartments by gang bangers, thugs. It may take us months, weeks, or years, but we’re going to start taking these complexes back one at a time,” Acevedo said.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Homicide Division at the Houston Police Department or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).
Meanwhile, loved ones established a GoFundMe page to help the family pay for burial and funeral expenses.
[Feature Photo: Family Handout]