A 17-year-old male was shot Sunday afternoon near Beach Ave. and Vine St. Originally police thought the shooting had occurred near Samuel Wiley and Church streets in Cleveland.
Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard said the teen was shot in the head as he sat in the front seat of his vehicle.
“The windshield of the victim’s vehicle was observed to have a large bullet hole in the front driver’s side,” the chief said. “Investigators learned the victim had crashed his vehicle into a nearby electrical pole as he attempted to retreat away from the shooter.”
A family member and a friend transported the victim by private vehicle to Texas Emergency Hospital in Cleveland where he was stabilized before being flown to a Houston-area trauma center. He is reported to be in critical condition.
Officers were able to speak to the victim before he was airlifted, according to Broussard.
“The suspected shooter was witnessed exiting a burgundy or maroon colored SUV and ran toward the victims car pointing a handgun. The shooter started firing the gun at the victim’s front driver’s side windshield striking the driver in the head,” Broussard said.
The shooter was seen running back to the SUV, which may have been occupied by multiple people, said Broussard, adding that the vehicle sped off east on Vine Street.
Police are working to identify a suspect. Broussard is asking the public for information to help identify a suspect.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Cleveland Police Department at 281-592-2622 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-392-7867 (STOP).