- A shooting outside Kashmere High School left a young man badly injured
- The incident occurred between 2 boys who met in front of the school
- Houston Police Department troopers search for shooter
Kashmere High School shooting. A shooting outside Kashmere High School in Houston, Texas left a teenager badly shot and alarmed by neighbors. The Houston Police Department (HPD for its acronym in English) is already investigating the case, which has caused a large mobilization of officers in the area and those looking for the shooter.
According to the HPD report, at 1:35 pm on Wednesday, September 22, 2021, a boy who was on a basketball court in front of Kashmere High School, located at 6900 Wileyvale Road, northeast of the Greater Houston area in the neighborhood known as Trinity Gardens, was gunned down during the Houston shooting.
Kashmere High School shooting: A young man is badly injured
After the shooting, all the students at the populous Kashmere High School, from the Houston Independent School District (HISD), were kept for their safety inside the school while HPD patrols searched for the shooter.
According to the preliminary report of HPD agents, the boy was on the basketball court when another man approached the young man and fired a pistol at him. The shooter fled the scene running. Someone who witnessed the shooting called the emergency number to report the crime.
The injured boy was rushed to a hospital
When the first HPD patrolmen arrived at the scene of the crime, they found the young man so badly injured that they called for the help of the ambulance of the paramedics of the Houston Fire Department (HFD), to transport the boy to an emergency hospital at the Medical Center.
At 3:50 p.m., more than two hours after the shooting that left the young man badly injured, students from Kashmere High School in Houston were allowed to return to their homes in order and under the custody of HPD in the area to avoid incidents. So far the identity of the injured young man has not been revealed, nor is it known if he was a student.
Kashmere High School Shooting: “It Wasn’t a Random Shooting”
According to Patricia Cantú, assistant chief of HPD, the wounded boy also discharged a pistol at the other man who came to shoot him and that shooting alarmed the neighbors. Chief Cantú said that during its agents’ preliminary investigation, the corporation discovered that there was a prior conflict between the two involved.
“The victim was transported to Texas Children’s Hospital with three serious injuries to the abdomen, one to the arm and one to the thigh. The latest report from the hospital is that he was in critical condition in surgery … we are sure this was not a random shooting, “Chief Cantú said at a press conference at the scene of the shooting.
Those involved in the shooting are two young men aged 16 to 17
Patricia Cantú explained that several of her patrols are interviewing other young friends of the victim and according to their testimonies, the HPD already has the name of a possible suspect. However, Officer Cantú said they will not release it to the public until they complete their investigations into the shooting.
What Chief Cantú did reveal was that the alleged perpetrator, after setting up the shooting that alarmed the neighborhood, escaped in a red car of which they have no other characteristics. The officer assured that the two boys involved in the shooting are teenagers between 16 and 17 years of age.
Kashmere High School Shooting: Shooter is a Student
In the investigation of the shooting with interviews with young student friends of the victim, HPD agents were able to discover that the boy who attacked the other and who is a fugitive so far is a student at Kashmere High School, although the authorities did not revealed in what grade he is enrolled.
The investigation of the case has already been taken by detectives from the HPD Major Assault Division, who are investigating the motive for the shooting and among the clues they have two lines have emerged to follow. One is a crime related to gang violence and the other is some type of bullying by one boy towards another.
The Harris County Prosecutor’s Office already knows the identity of the shooter
As of this writing, several HPD agents are still in the Trinity Gardens neighborhood looking for the boy responsible for the attack. Officers have not recovered the weapons from the shooting and do not know if the guns ever entered the Kashmere High School campus.
Agents from HPD’s Major Assault Division are also looking to see if any of the video cameras in the area captured images of the incident that caused alarm among neighbors. The Harris County Prosecutor’s Office in Houston has already been informed of the case and the identity of the boy who started the shooting outside the school.
Kashmere High School shooting, yet another case for gun violence
The shooting outside Kashmere High School is yet another link in gun violence in the country. The non-profit organization National Archive of Gun Violence, which fights to raise awareness about the dangers of free sale of firearms, reports that 31,964 people have died so far this year.
As of Sunday, September 19, 2o21 of those people who have been shot dead in the United States, a total of 14,672 were murdered and 17,292 committed suicide. 29,481 were injured. The country already lived in the first half of the year 508 mass shootings, where several people died in the same event.
Kashmere High School Shooting: Weapons are now free in Texas
Texas woke up last Wednesday, September 1, 2021 with 666 new laws and one of which related to carrying weapons. As of this day, by a law approved the State Congress, It is legal to carry a firearm, rifle or pistol, in sight, without training to use it and without even having permission, despite the constant deadly shootings.
Greg Abbott, el Governor of Texas, signed the new law that he called a “constitutional right” to carry weapons such as rifles, shotguns and pistols of any caliber in practically any public place. By stamping his signature on the new law, the governor said he signed the “documents that instill freedom in the Lone Star State.”
Will shootings increase with the free use of weapons?
The Reform of Law 1927, legal name of the new arms law in Texas, was voted in the State Congress in May 2021 and was approved with a round of 86 in favor and 62 with 2 abstentions, part of the 150 congressmen. Governor Abbot signed the law, which was his proposal, last June to make it effective until September 1.
However, some justice agencies in Texas have publicly and privately criticized the decision to pass a law that according to many police officers exposes them in the first place to the dangers of firearms in the hands of people who do not they know how to handle them properly and, secondly, to the citizens.
You no longer need to take a course in weapons handling
The only people who cannot carry a gun in Texas in public places are those with a criminal record. However, misdemeanors such as driving under the influence (DWI) do not affect the possession and carrying of firearms.
It is no longer mandatory for a person to take a gun handling course before purchasing it as it was mandatory until Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Now it is only recommended to take a free online course offered by the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS).