A man in Texas fatally shot a teen Tuesday night after the teen and the group he was with threatened his 17-year-old son with paintball guns, according to police.
The deceased, only identified as a 19-year-old male, was shot in front of a Houston home at 11:30 p.m. The man was among a group of paintball-wielding teens who had targeted a 17-year-old who lived there, the Houston Chronicle reported, citing police.
Law enforcement estimated that 10 to 15 people were outside the home at some point during the ordeal. They said the disturbance outside led the father to emerge from the home and approach the 19-year-old before firing at him once and shooting multiple rounds at the car he was supposed to get into.
NEW INFO: police say abt 15 teens w paintball guns came to this house, “wanted to fight” the 17yo who lives here. 17yo woke up his dad. Dad came out w a rifle and fired at teens. 19yo shot and killed. #abc13 pic.twitter.com/IQqEMrq1h2
— Courtney Fischer (@CourtneyABC13) May 22, 2019
The 19-year-old died from his injuries at a hospital, according to the news outlet.
KPRC reported that police initially said that four people were trying to break into the homeowner’s vehicle, prompting the homeowner to open fire and fatally shoot one of them. Police have reportedly stepped back on their comments and said it doesn’t appear the teens were trying to break into the car.
WPVI reported that paintball splatters were spotted on the Houston home following the fatal incident.
Police said they recovered shell casings but said it’s currently unclear whether they came from the homeowner’s gun. Authorities are in the process of confirming if the teens fired a paintball gun, a firearm, or both, according to KPRC.
The father, son, and three other teens have reportedly been detained in connection with the fatal shooting. Citing police, WPVI reported that it’s unlikely the father will be charged in this case.
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