Drive-by shooting under investigation in Colony Ridge

Investigator James McQueen (right) arrives on the scene of a drive-by shooting in the Colony Ridge community in northwest Liberty County.

The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office is heading up the investigation of an alleged drive-by shooting that took place around 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, on the 100 block of CR 3556 in the Colony Ridge community south of Plum Grove in northwest Liberty County.

According to Capt. Ken DeFoor, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office, the brother of the 18-year-old male shooting victim dialed 911 to report the attack that happened outside the family’s home.

The victim was struck once in the chest by a bullet fired from a handgun used by an assailant in a grey Nissan passenger vehicle. DeFoor said that as many as four men in the vehicle at the time of the attack.

Family members of a drive-by shooting victim wait outside their home as law enforcement investigates. Liberty County District Attorney Jennifer Bergman Harkness (pictured to the left) came to the scene to assist with the investigation.

The victim was taken by ground ambulance to a nearby air ambulance helipad to be transported to a Houston-area trauma center.

A motive for the shooting is unclear at this point.

A short time after the shooting, law enforcement stopped a vehicle matching the suspects’ vehicle along the Grand Parkway (I-99). At this time, DeFoor is uncertain if the vehicle that was stopped is related to the shooting.

An update will be posted as more information becomes available.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.


  1. Liberty and Montgomery county officials- stop Colony Ridge Development from bringing anymore of this trash and crime into our community. It’s a matter of public safety, and the law abiding citizens of these counties and surrounding areas have had enough.

    • No kidding but that ain’t going to happen as long as Jay Knight keeps getting re-elected Commissioners Court Judge! If the people think Liberty County is going to Hell then why’d the voters re-elect that SOB? Elections Matter people!

    • Bro there’s been a LOT of murder’s in the Colony Ridge “Colonias” in the past couple years… Plum Grove never HAD a murder rate before Colony Ridge moved in next door to our community! We HAD nice roads BEFORE Colony Ridge moved in next door to our community! We HAD virtually NO CRIME BEFORE Colony Ridge moved in next door to our community! We HAD virtually no flooding or sewage problems BEFORE Colony Ridge moved in next door to our community! Shall I go on?

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