Harris County shooting: Boy killed while sleeping in apartment on Alderson

A 12-year-old boy was shot and killed while sleeping in an east Harris County apartment early Monday morning, authorities say.

"I only heard the mom crying this morning," said Daisy Delgado, a neighbor. "All I heard was her saying that he got shot, and they ran off." 

Carlos Fernandez 

The shooting was reported around 3 a.m. in the 13900 block of Alderson Street.

A next door neighbor woke up to find their apartment damaged by a stray bullet. 

"A bullet came through my dining room walls. It kind of ricocheted," said Jim Simms, another neighbor. "And my door is taped off and that’s when I realized that something happened." 

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The investigation is still in the preliminary stages, but Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says it appears someone may have gone up to the apartment window and fired into the unit. 

Carlos Fernandez was asleep in a bedroom when he was shot. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Two sisters, 6 and 7-years-old, were asleep in the same room but were not shot, the sheriff says. He says the mother and another man were in another room and also were not injured by the gunfire.

The Harris County Sheriffs Office investigates a deadly shooting on Alderson Street.

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Neighbors shared that they've witnessed prior disturbances coming from the apartment where the shooting happened. 

"Usually we hear that kind of thing because they’re arguing all the time over here, you know, every so often they get in a fight," said Simms. 

According to the sheriff, it appears the shooter or shooters may have been targeting that particular apartment unit, but it's not known who the intended target was or why.

"To be robbed due to just senseless gun violence for whatever reason, it’s just nonsense," said Gonzalez. 

Now, the community is mourning the loss of the 12-year-old boy. 

"It’s sad because he hasn’t even started living his life, and he’s already gone," said a Cloverleaf resident. 

The sheriff says a pickup truck was seen leaving the scene after the shooting, but there is no description of the vehicle.

Investigators are searching for surveillance video and collecting evidence.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS. They ar offering up to a $5,000 reward for information leading to the event of the suspect and/or suspects responsible being arrested.