Triple shooting rocks quiet Katy-area neighborhood

A quiet neighborhood in northwest Harris County was rocked by a triple shooting, and now some of the residents there are feeling there's no safe place to live anymore.

The Mason Lakes subdivision, zoned to Katy ISD, is normally quiet. The noise of traffic on Clay Road is usually the worst of it.  At least, it was until 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

"We were just minding our own business and thought we heard gunshots," a neighbor told FOX 26. "I got on the phone and called 911."

The woman, who did not want to be identified, says she hid in the closet with her children until Harris County deputies arrived and took control of the scene.

According to the sheriff's department, two families, who are unrelated but have the same last name, had argued at a different location that afternoon. One family walked away from the fight but that still didn't end it.

"One family returned home. The the other family apparently wanted to continue the confrontation," said Harris County's Sgt. Don Jones.

Jones says they found a 51-year-old male at the scene who had been shot in the arm. 26 and 14-year-old males, who were also shot, turned up at a nearby hospital.

"One of the homeowners who live here had the weapon," Jones said. "We're still figuring out if the people that came over here to confront them had a weapon."

The sheriff's department says none of the injuries are life threatening, and the case is being referred to a grand jury, but the shock to the neighbors has not worn off.

"It felt like it was an unsafe environment last night," the neighbor said.

She estimates there were between 10 and 15 shots fired. A bullet could have easily strayed and hit her home. 

She says this is exactly what they wanted to get away from when they moved to the Katy area.

"This is a quiet neighborhood. This is very sudden and out of the ordinary," she said. "We just hope it won't happen again, and if so, it might be time to consider another area."