Drive-by shooting in Katy kills mother, son found her body the next morning

Harris County Sheriff's Deputies say a 46-year-old mother of three was found dead in her Katy home by one of her kids Wednesday morning, after an apparent drive-by shooting. 

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez announced via Twitter that officials were called around 8 a.m. to a home in the 3000 block of Winchester Ranch Trail on Grand Parkway and Hwy 99. Investigators say the deadly shooting happened around 11 p.m. on Tuesday night.


HCSO Sgt. Sidney Miller said witnesses reported hearing gunshots and then seeing a dark-colored vehicle speed off. Miller said all the bullets appeared to have been aimed at an upstairs bedroom of the home. 

It's unclear if the woman was the intended target. 

"We think that maybe she may have heard something outside and got up, looked out the window, and that’s probably when she may have been shot," Miller said.  

Neighbors reported hearing at least four gunshots late Tuesday night, but the woman’s 19-year-old son and two 11-year-old twins, who were all home at the time, didn’t discover their mom’s body until the following morning.  

That's where officials said a woman, 46, was found dead inside. The woman's kids were unharmed. Authorities said the 19-year-old called 911 around 8 a.m. on Wednesday after discovering his mom's body.


"They didn’t know until they got up for school this morning and then they noticed the bullet holes, then he broke the door down and that’s when they found her," said Gerald Graham, a friend of the family. 

Graham believes the shooting may have stemmed from a situation involving the woman’s 19-year-old son.  

"Last night, he was having some sort of words back and forth with another young man or whatever, and there was a gun fired. A gun went off. His mom went to the window to look and then ba, ba, ba that’s when they hit her," Graham said. 

Authorities have not released any information about the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle. 

HCSO is currently searching for surveillance that could provide more information about the suspect's dark-colored vehicle. So far, authorities have not released any description of the suspect(s). 

Anyone with information is urged to contact HCSO at 713-221-6000.