4-year-old shot at apartment complex in SE Houston

- Houston police are investigating the shooting of a 4-yr-old boy in southeast Houston.

Around 9:34 p.m. Tuesday, police were called to the Kings Row Apartments on the 4100 block of Barberry Dr.

Investigators said two groups of people got into a fight, and people on both sides started shooting.

FOX 26 counted at least 12 bullet holes along seven units.

Officers heard the shots and ran toward the gunfire.

They found 4-year-old Romeo with a gunshot wound to the stomach. The boy was reportedly inside his own home, watching TV with his grandmother, his mother and his 11-year-old sister when he was shot. 

Police said Romeo was outside, but his grandmother said he was shot inside the apartment.

"You have the little boy looking at you like this and you tell him again, 'I said get down!' and he falls to his knees still looking at you and then he falls on his back, and there's nothing but blood and he's not saying anything," Loriann Milam, the boy's grandmother, said.

 

The boy was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Milam said Romeo is expected to undergo another two surgeries on Thursday. 

"He didn't say anything. He just looked at me. I'm thinking he's a jokester. He's playing-- but he wasn't playing. And I see that every time I close my eyes. I kept my grand baby's blood on me all night," Milam said.

With no suspects and no arrests, Milan is determined to find justice, pleaing Mayor Turner and Chief Acevedo to help. On Wednesday, Turner, Acevedo and other city officials visited the family's home and vowed that changes are coming. 

In a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Turner spoke about the urgency to track down the person who shot the little boy. "It is something different when a crime involves a child.  I want the individual found. We're not going to let any individuals or gangs take over any neighborhood in this city."

Turner said he's now pushing for tightened security at the Kings Row Apartments as an effort to curb these shootings from happening again. 

"If you allow people to come in and out freely at any time of the day and night, I don't care what kind of background checks you're doing, you're not going to make the place safe," Turner said.

 

Turner added he's already authorized $1-million in overtime to help increase patrols around the area. Acevedo said officers were already patrolling the area when the gunshots were fired, as a proactive response to a separate shooting that happened in the area a few days prior.

 

Acevedo said the officers' proximity to Romeo, may have saved his life. 

 

"His grandmother just informed us that the doctor said if it weren't for those officers' quick thinking-- they immediately started putting pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding and transported him immediately to Texas Childrens-- he might not have made it," Acevedo said.

 

"We don't want any crime in the city, but when it involves our children, it takes it to 

another level," Turner said.

 

City officials announced there is a $5,000 reward for any information in this case. Calls can be made anonymously. If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at 713.222.TIPS.

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