A Lamar High School student was gunned down Tuesday as he was walking near the school with another student.
The shooting happened about 12:15 p.m. near the intersection of Bammel Lane and Philfall Street.
“Today it is somebody else’s kid. Tomorrow it could be yours. Your sister your brother,” said HPD Executive Assistant Chief Troy Finner.
The gunman jumped in a vehicle occupied by two other people and fled the scene, police said. The vehicle was described as a black Subaru 4-door vehicle with a plastic bag covering the rear passenger’s window, police said.
The vehicle was found later Tuesday night on Trulley Street, in the Third Ward. Officials said a call came in for an illegal parking complaint.
A construction worker who witnessed the shooting said one of his coworkers ran over and performed CPR on the victim until emergency workers arrived.
The male student died at the hospital, police said. The female student suffered a graze wound, police said.
Investigators said that they believe the male student was targeted, and that the shooting could be gang-related.
“I don’t care why it’s happened. You know what, I want to put an end to it. I want to get the individuals, all these individuals who are out here pulling triggers and shooting people like they are crazy in our city,” Finner said.
Officials said that Lamar High School was placed on lockdown, and after-school activities were canceled for Tuesday afternoon and evening.
“We will have grief counselors available to assist students and parents the rest of the week, beginning tomorrow morning,” an audio message from Lamar’s principal stated.
“To our parents and the community, our schools are safe. Our children will be safe and we will work together to assure children will learn in a safe environment,” said Dr. Granita Lathan, interim HISD Superintendent.
After-school activities were also canceled at Yates High School, where the student who was killed had previously attended school.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.