Houston Police Department
UPDATE: Suspect Arrested, Charged in Fatal Shooting at 8520 Pitner

November 16, 2012 - Houston police homicide investigators have arrested a suspect charged in the fatal shooting of a woman at 8520 Pitner about 11 a.m. on Nov. 8. 

The suspect, Neil Mukherjee (H/m, DOB: 9-29-92), is charged with capital murder in the 184th State District Court.  He is accused in the killing of Vanessa Rodriguez, 23, of the above address, who suffered several gunshot wounds and was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

A November 2011 photo of suspect Mukherjee is attached to this news release.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W. Meeler and Senior Police Officer J. Villareal reported: 

HPD patrol officers responded to the above address after Ms. Rodriguez called 9-1-1 and reported she had been shot.  Officers arrived and found Rodriguez on the floor of her apartment.  She was then transported to the hospital where she died.  Rodriguez's one-year-old child was also found unharmed inside the apartment. 

Further investigation developed Mukherjee as the suspect in this case and information was received that he was in Donna, Texas.  HPD homicide investigators, with assistance from local law enforcement in Donna, arrested him there on Thursday (Nov. 15) without incident. 


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