An 8-year-old boy who was shot in the head on March 1 has died from his injuries.
Police Chief Art Acevedo called the unknown shooters “cowards” and said that news of Tristian Hutchins’ death was tragic and heartbreaking.
“This was done by people with no regard for life,” Acevedo said. “I am confident we will identify the suspect or suspects responsible.”
Tristian was shot at about 7 p.m. in the 3900 block of Scott Street in southeast Houston while his mother was inside the 7 Day Nails salon, according to police reports. His sister, Kheristian Hutchins, 5, who was next to him, also was injured when a bullet hit her in the leg. A single black vehicle was seen fleeing the scene.
Both were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition.
Acevedo said no one has been arrested and no suspects have been identified. But he said he’s confident his officers will close in on the suspects soon.
He said he believes that the shooting was gang related and that the siblings were simply caught in the crossfire.
“These were innocent children,” Acevedo said, taking a deep sigh. “This happens far too often, and we need to clamp down on gun violence. Our children should not be buried. They should grow up to become adults and live happy lives.”
In the wake of the incident, Mayor Sylvester Turner said that he would not tolerate the heinous act.
“This will not be the new normal in this city,” Turner said. “And we are not going to allow a safe haven and we should not provide safe haven.”
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.