Man in critical condition following northwest Harris County drive-by shooting

A suspect has been charged in a drive-by shooting in northwest Harris County that left a man in critical condition on Thursday.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says Alan Anthony Ruth was arrested around 12:15 a.m. Friday.

The shooting happened right in front of Feris Qaquish's northwest Harris County automotive shop, in front of his employees' eyes, and within range of his brand new security cameras.

One camera captured a white Toyota Corolla waiting to make a turn when a gray Grand Marquis rolled up and the driver opened fire near the intersection of FM 1960 and Ella Boulevard. The Corolla rolled off into the bushes and a passenger had been wounded.

The man who was shot was taken to the hospital and is in critical condition.

"One of my guys went across the street and he noticed the the kid has three holes in his head," said Qaquish. "Blood was everywhere. So I had my technician hold his head and keep the pressure on it."

"Everybody just went to figure out how to help," said former Houston Texans player Sio Moore, who was visiting the shop to get an oil change for his vehicle. "There were babies. There was a gentleman outside. Three kids. God forbid anything happen to those babies."

"The kids were OK but they were traumatized," said Qaquish. "You could see blood on the children."

Amazingly, despite more than half a dozen rounds fired, all the bullets missed the driver and the three young children in the back seat of the Corolla.

Footage from a neighboring businesses' cameras captured the chaos and confusion. It also captured the shooter sticking his arm out of the window and opening fire before speeding off.

"It had to be targeted because they came up," said Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy Thomas Gilliland. "It wasn't something random. They targeted that vehicle. We have to find out why."

Investigators may find the shooter and may determine why he opened fire, but there is no way anyone can justify this reckless violence to Qaquish. Not ever.

"It's a shame honestly," said Qaquish. "He was like the age of my little brother, 28, 22."

Anyone with information that could help investigators is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Houston by phone at 713-222-8477 (TIPS).

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