The Houston police department intensified its search for the person responsible for shooting a 9-year-old girl as she sat in the back seat of her parent’s SUV while watching cartoons.
In a press conference, Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said he and other community leaders are putting up $30,000 for anonymous tips that will yield an arrest of the person(s) responsible.
Ashanti Grant (GoFundMe)
Ashanti Grant, 9, is in critical condition in an induced coma, fighting for her life since being hit by a bullet on Tuesday, Feb. 8, around 9:10 p.m.
Law enforcement says they are in search of two suspects, a Hispanic male driver and a woman who were in a white GMC Denali pickup truck near the 9800 block of Southwest Freeway.
The child remains in critical condition at a hospital.
IDs of the suspects – a Hispanic male driver and female passenger – and their vehicle, a white GMC Denali pickup truck, are still being sought. Please call @CrimeStopHOU with any info on the suspects or vehicle.#hounews pic.twitter.com/YMFv1t09gI
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) February 14, 2022
Ashanti was shot as her parents were taking her and her 12-year-old brother grocery shopping, when two cars sped by. The parents tried to get out of the way of the racing vehicles to no avail.
The Houston Police Department says the couple in the white GMC allegedly directed their attention to the Grant family’s car and cut them off several times. The male, who was driving the GMC, got behind the family’s Tahoe and shot into the vehicle, hitting Ashanti in the head as she watched cartoons in her seat.
None of the traffic cameras captured the incident. Paramedics were called and transported the girl to Texas Children’s Hospital.
According to KHOU 11, one witness said that he and his family were on the Southwest Freeway feeder coming toward Bissonnet when they heard the gunshots. The man claims that he stopped his car and saw The Grant family car being followed and shot at.
“It was really loud from inside the car with the windows up,” he said. “I felt horrible because I could tell…