Texas sheriff’s deputies from Harris County are investigating the deadly shooting of a teen boy, age 17, after a father found the boy hiding inside the man’s teenage daughter’s bedroom and fatally shot him early on Thursday morning. Police officials explained that the father, age 55, has yet to be charged on anything and investigators are going to ultimately hand over what they find to a grand jury to deliberate on possible arrest charges.
According to a news outlet from Houston, the occurrence started when the girl’s brother went to her room to tell her good night. That was when he noticed two feet sticking out from beneath the bed of his sister, age 16. The brother grew alarmed and went to their father, telling him what he had seen. The father then proceeded to the girl’s bedroom to investigate the situation for himself.
When the father provoked the teen boy, who was identified as being Johran McCormick, the man’s daughter said that she did not know who McCormick was or why he was in her bedroom. The father proceeded to call nine-one-one around 2:32 a.m., explained the police. Next a fight between the father and McCormick broke out. It was only later after police questioned the daughter that she admitted to letting the teen boy inside her bedroom and that she really had known him.
According to police reports, the father allegedly stated to sheriff’s deputies on scene that he happened to see the teenager let his hands drop and the father construed this as to mean some sort of endeavor to try and take ahold of something so he could attack the father. Next the father said the boy actually did attempt to grab something, and that was when the 55-year-old man opened fire. He shot the teen boy once and killed him at the scene, said deputies. He stated that he was supposedly defending his family and himself, the father felt he had to shoot in order to keep everyone safe.
McCormick was later declared dead at the scene of the crime and the father was rushed to a nearby hospital after stating that he felt ill, but it was believed he was taken there because he suffered from health problems that were unrelated to the shooting.
One neighbor of the family, who spoke to the public, said that as a mother she was unable to imagine what had happened inside the house. She stated that she understood the father was just trying to protect his family, but she though he should have allowed the proper authorities take care of it instead, if possible, then maybe a 17-year-old boy would not be dead now.
Other individuals in the neighborhood explained that the family had only been living in the home a week, were completely stunned by the tragedy. One person declared that the family had just moved in the house seven days ago, literally a week. This person said that the entire family was very quiet and that she had never heard a sound from any of them until now.
The deadly shooting is being left an open case and is also considered an ongoing investigation by the police investigators who, as of Thursday night, were not yet releasing the name of the shooter even though the victim’s name had been released. Texas sheriff’s deputies from Harris County were investigating the deadly shooting of a teen-age boy, age 17, after a father found the boy hiding inside the man’s teenage daughter’s bedroom and fatally shot him early on Thursday morning.
By Kimberly Ruble
The Houston Chronicle