Incident at 13000 South Freeway at Almeda Genoa

January 06, 2008 - Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 13000 South Freeway (Highway 288) and Almeda Genoa about 1:15 a.m. today (January 6).

The victim, Kenneth Ray Wolridge, 23, suffered a gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeants J.T. Wyers and J.T. Parker reported:

Officers responded to a shooting call at 13000 South Freeway and arrived to find Mr. Wolridge deceased. Wolridge was involved in a traffic altercation with several individuals driving separate cars in the area. The suspects' vehicles were said to be weaving in and out of traffic and taking up the roadway, swerving from lane to lane, not allowing other vehicles to pass.

Wolridge's vehicle was struck by one of the suspect's vehicles (blue in color). When he (Wolridge) exited his vehicle to check on the damage, a suspect exited the vehicle he was in and shot Wolridge several times.

The shooting suspect's vehicle is described as a white 1990s Chevrolet Caprice with tinted windows. The vehicle had chrome Roman Chariot spoke wheels (known as "swangers") and possible front-end damage.

The initial striking vehicle is described as a blue 1990s Buick Roadmaster or Cadillac Deville. This vehicle also had chrome Roman Chariot spoke wheels, in addition to one and perhaps a second wheel mounted on the trunk area. The vehicle was equipped with a pop-trunk and blue neon lights inside the trunk, which may have read, "I hold my own." The vehicle will have front-end and left front quarter-panel damage.

A third vehicle involved is described as a red 1990s model Buick Roadmaster or Cadillac Deville. This vehicle also had chrome Roman Chariot spoke wheels and one and perhaps a second wheel mounted on the trunk. This vehicle had a red colored neon light coming from the inside of the trunk.

A photo of vehicles similar to the wanted suspects' vehicles. NOTE: THESE ARE NOT THE WANTED VEHICLES.

The shooting suspect is described as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet 3 inches tall, weighing between 165 and 185 pounds. He had a low cut afro and wore blue jeans and a black long-sleeve T-shirt. He was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

Anyone with information regarding the identity of the suspect or the location of the wanted vehicles is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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