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Incident at 909 East Crosstimbers

February 25, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a female at 909 East Crosstimbers about 3:30 p.m. on Friday (Feb. 24).

The victim is identified as Johanna Hernandez, 16, of 7722 Melrose. She suffered a gunshot wound to her upper right side and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R. Torres and Officer S. Straughter reported:

An unknown suspect(s) fired shots at a residence at 909 East Crosstimbers and a bullet penetrated the front wall of the house and struck Ms. Hernandez as she was standing in the living room.

Shortly before the shooting, an 18-year-old male who lives at the home was with some friends riding around in a vehicle. While riding around the neighborhood, the male and his friends reportedly shot at several homes and at least one vehicle that had members of a rival gang inside.

At this time, it is believed the motive for the shooting death is retaliation by those rival group members. The suspect(s) were driving in a white Ford Explorer.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

JFC 2-25-06
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