A man was fatally shot in Houston. Hours later, a boy believed to be his son was found dead in an SUV.

A person of interest has been taken into custody for the deaths of a man fatally shot Tuesday and a toddler, believed to be the victim’s son, who was found dead in the back seat of an SUV, Houston authorities said.

Houston police said Wednesday morning that the person of interest was being questioned.

Hours earlier, the department released security video that it said showed the shooter.

Investigators are trying to determine a motive, Houston Executive Assistant Police Chief Larry Satterwhite told reporters.

Houston Police Department released a security video showing the person accused of shooting a man who was found dead southwest of downtown on Tuesday afternoon.
Houston Police Department released a security video showing the person accused of shooting a man who was found dead southwest of downtown on Tuesday afternoon.@houstonpolice via Twitter

The boy’s suspected father, 38, was found dead near a strip mall southwest of downtown Houston after authorities responded to a report of a shooting at 1:46 p.m., Satterwhite said.

The victim has not been identified.

Investigators determined that after the gunman and victim met, an argument may have ensued and the gunman opened fire, shot the man multiple times and drove off in the victim’s SUV, Satterwhite said.

Five hours later, while authorities were investigating the shooting, a woman called police and reported that her husband and her 2-year-old son were missing, Satterwhite said.

Authorities quickly determined that the missing husband and the shooting victim were the same person, Satterwhite said.

“We didn’t know anything about the child until she called at 6:36 AM,” he added.

Within 30 minutes, Satterwhite said, officers found the abandoned SUV about a mile from the original site. The toddler sat in the back seat and was unresponsive, he said.

Officers broke the vehicle’s window, began administering CPR and called an ambulance, Satterwhite said.

“Unfortunately, it was too late,” he said. “The child had passed in the car.”

The boy’s cause of death was unclear, although Satterwhite said he may have died of heat exhaustion. It was not clear how long the SUV had been there.

“Pray for this family,” Satterwhite said. “A mother lost her husband, and she lost her 2-year-old child today.”

Elisa Fieldstadt contributed.


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