Houston homicide detectives went door-to-door with fliers Monday at an apartment complex where a 3-year-old girl was fatally shot, hoping to learn more about her killers.
Charissa Powell was killed Sunday afternoon during an attempted carjacking in the 1300 block of Greens Parkway, investigators said. Police said the two suspects in the shooting were still at large Monday. The victim’s father told police he was getting into his vehicle with his wife, daughter and son around 1:20 p.m. when he was approached by the first suspect, who demanded the car keys.
The father told police that initially, he thought it was a prank. But when he tried to get his family out of the car, the suspect started firing at the father. One of the bullets hit the girl in the chest. The girl’s 1-year-old brother was injured by bullet fragments, police said. Investigators said the suspect fled on foot to one of two waiting cars while the father rushed to find help for his children.
The father managed to get back into his car and flag down a deputy on the North Sam Houston Parkway service road. The deputy called 911. Both children were rushed to the hospital, where the girl was pronounced dead. Police said the boy’s injuries were non-life-threatening. Family members said the suspects may have been after the custom rims on the father’s car.
“Just come forward. Give yourself up because it was a child. You know it was a child and it’s not right, it’s not right,” said Carmella Williams, the victim’s cousin.
Police were also looking for the two vehicles involved. One was described as 1995 or 1996 Buick LeSabre. It was either blue, silver or white. The second vehicle is a 1996 to 1997 burgundy Ford Taurus, police said.
“When we heard the gunshots, my kids were outside. I hurried and put my kids in the house,” neighbor Shamice Dean said. But even as neighbors expressed shock and outrage, some feared police might have trouble getting information about the suspects. ”They’ll be scared to come out and say who did it,” neighbor Karina del Castillo said.
Detectives hope seeing Charissa’s face on their fliers will change some minds.
Anyone with information on the case or the whereabouts of the two suspects is urged to call HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS
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