Houston, Texas (KTRK) – In 2022, 13 investigators found that an average of four people were shot each day in Houston. It can be difficult to achieve accountability in their cases. Without major changes, this trend may continue into 2023. An innocent bystander was caught in a possible shooting road rage just two days into the new year.
As with the trend, there is no word that the person who shot the woman has been arrested. That’s why I asked ABC13 not to shower her face. She described herself as someone who goes to work and then comes home. Now she’s also a shooting survivor, which means her case is unlikely to ever be solved.
“Of all people, you shot me. Why me?” I marveled. The other big question for this victim is who shot her? Road rage may be the answer to the cause.
She was on her way home from work Sunday night when she stopped near the intersection of the Old Spanish Trail and Calhoun Road in southeast Houston. This is when she said she saw two drivers get into a collision.
“While I was already outside, the guy just started shooting while we were running to go inside the gas station to the store,” she said.
Bandages covered the wounds on her arm and legs, where she had been beaten four times.
“I didn’t know if I was going to do it or not,” she said. “I thought I had just been grazed, but when I looked at my arm, I saw that I was starting to bleed. I was like, ‘Wow.’ I just got hit.”
Police are working to identify and arrest the person responsible for her injuries, but data obtained by 13 investigators last fall shows that can be difficult. While the Houston Police Department clears 84% of murder cases, the number drops to about 30% in the case of aggravated assault with a firearm.
At the time, the assistant department chief said the department needed more investigators, better leads, and witnesses or victims willing to work with them.
“I just hope they catch this person,” said the victim, “because I want to press charges.”
She said the bullets that hit her came from a new model, black, four-door sedan with tinted windows. Although the gas station owners did not release video to ABC13, she said she hoped security cameras would get a good look at the shooter. It’s the information police she’ll need to solve her case as she’s focused on recovery.
“They told me it could have been worse. It might have hit one of my arteries, and I would have gone. I’m just praying I’m still alive,” she said.
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