Recent Houston tollway shooting may be linked to others

| 6/28/2002

A fatal shooting earlier this month on the Sam Houston Tollway may be connected to at least two other similar incidents on Houston-area roadways, according to investigators. The driver's side windows on all three of the vehicles were blown out.

A Humble, TX, man died from injuries he sustained from a gunshot that pierced the driver's side window of his pickup around noon on June 11 while driving on westbound Beltway 8 near Texas 249. Detectives soon afterward began receiving calls from motorists who experienced similar incidents.

Later the same afternoon, another man told authorities he was fired on by another vehicle while driving northbound on 610 Loop near Clinton Drive. The shooter's vehicle is described as a dark-colored Ford or Chevy pickup truck with an attached camper shell. It raced away soon after the shooting.

Another man told authorities someone fired at his vehicle early morning on May 28 on the same stretch of road. He was driving eastbound on Beltway 8 when his window exploded.

"It's a good possibility these incidents are related," said Det. W.D. La Nier, with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. There were no injuries from the other incidents, and La Nier said road rage apparently played no part in the shootings.

"Road rage incidents are common but these incidents appear to be completely at random," he said. "The people involved said the shootings were completely unprovoked." Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS.

--Keith Goble