Second vehicle linked to shooting death of teen in Cleveland recovered in Houston

Detective Kevin Cooke (left) and Capt. Scott Felts look for evidence in a fatal shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon in the Truly Plaza shopping center in Cleveland.

By Vanesa Brashier,

Investigators with Cleveland Police Department have been tirelessly working to determine what led to the shooting death of a 16-year-old Hispanic male on Wednesday. The shooting occurred around 2:10 p.m. in the Truly Plaza shopping center near the H-E-B parking lot.

“Investigators have worked most of the night tracking leads and were fortunate enough to locate a second possible suspect vehicle that may have been involved with this case,” said Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard. “A white van matching the given description that had been at the scene of the shooting was located on the south side of the City of Houston. Investigators were able to recover the van and will process it for additional evidence.”

Police are still not releasing the name of the 16-year-old shooting victim. At the time of the shooting, the victim was driving a red Dodge pickup truck and was approached by the driver of the white van, who fired a handgun at the victim.

The victim tried to seek cover behind a dumpster before running over to a car in the drive-thru lane of Hartz Chicken, where he collapsed to the ground. He died at the hospital shortly thereafter.

The victim’s vehicle and the white van were driven away from the scene by persons involved in the shooting. The truck was set on fire in a field off CR 5018, which is located in one of predominantly Hispanic subdivisions just south of Plum Grove. Police are searching that vehicle for evidence as well as the van.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Cleveland Police Department at 281-592-2622 or through the Tip Line at 281-592-0800, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867. All callers will remain anonymous.

Cleveland Police Department has received support from the Houston Police Department, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office, Liberty County District Attorney’s Office, Liberty County Attorney’s Office, Liberty County Pct. 6 Constable’s Office and the Texas Rangers.

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