A disagreement on social media led to a shoot out yesterday afternoon in a southwest Houston neighborhood.
Our media affiliate KHOU reported that the teenage victim, "a 20-year-old woman and a 22-year-old man arrived to confront the group they took issue with on social media in the 10800 block of Sharpview Drive, which is near the intersection of Wilcrest Drive and Bellaire Boulevard.
When they arrived, a man in another car opened fire, killing the teen and wounding the other two victims, according to police. They are expected to survive, according to authorities.
The man who opened fire then fled the scene in a maroon or red, four-door sedan with two other women inside, police said."
Police said at least 15 shots were fired and casings were found by the forensics team at the scene of the shooting.
Kira Walton told Click2Houston that the victim who died is her cousin, Mareja Pratt. She said Pratt was a 10th-grade student at Elsik High School.
“She was just focused. She had her whole life ahead of her,” Walton said. “Just started life and she just was happy about going to school and she was just focused.”
Walton said the social media beef had to do with a woman picking on her cousin on Instagram over the last few months and the situation came to ahead.
“They just came and started shooting. They killed my cousin,” Walton said. “She was innocent. She didn’t have nothing to do with it.”
This was a senseless act, stemming from online bullying that never should have escalated this far!
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Houston Police Department Homicide Division or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).