Houston police are searching for a man who they say shot a little boy in the chest, then fled.
Houston’s ABC 13 reports that the incident happened on May 1 at around 1 p.m. as a toddler boy, Brandon Ross, and his brother rode with their father on the Southwest Freeway in Houston. According to Crime Stoppers, the boy’s dad is deaf.
While driving, the father hit the back of the suspect’s car accidentally, which reportedly sparked a road rage incident. The suspect, wearing a security guard uniform, got out of his car, a blue Buick Lucerne or Regal, and “began to yell at the deaf father, who could not understand him,” while waving a gun.
The father told police he tried to apologize and explain to the man that he had children in the car. Fearing for their safety, the father drove off. The suspect fired shots at the car, striking the toddler boy in the chest, then got back in his car and fled the scene.
A man wearing a security guard uniform shot at a vehicle with a deaf father driving his small kids, hitting a 1-year-old in his chest, Houston police said.
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The father pulled over at a gas station along Southwest Freeway and in a panic, rushed inside while holding Brandon. First responders arrived and took the boy to an area hospital. He’s expected to survive.
Meanwhile, police are still searching for the suspect. He’s described as a black male who stands around 5-feet-10-inches with short black hair. He was wearing a “black security guard uniform and a holstered firearm,” Crime Stoppers reports.
Up to $5,000 is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the suspect. Call 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crime-stoppers.org.
Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available. To help the family with medical expenses, visit Brandon’s GoFundMe page.
[Feature Photo: Brandon Ross/GoFundMe]