Houston police are still searching for three of four suspects who they say committed a drive-by shooting in south Houston and then carjacked an aunt and her infant niece before fleeing.
Police said a blue Mazda sedan with four armed men inside pulled up to 6833 London on Monday afternoon around 1:50. One of the gunmen fired from the car and struck two men standing outside. Sam Johnson, 53, was killed, while 22-year-old Walter Fields was wounded.
Footage from a nearby surveillance camera shows the Mazda then got stuck in a culvert. The gunmen abandoned the vehicle and, at gunpoint, forced a Kia minivan on the street to stop. Two of the gunmen forced the woman driving the car and her 11-month-old niece out of the vehicle.
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The video shows the woman falling to the ground with the infant in a car seat. The third gunman fired several more rounds from a rifle towards Johnson and Fields before escaping in the hijacked van with two of his accomplices, while the fourth shooter fled the scene on foot toward Cullen Boulevard.
The woman and infant were unharmed, police said. On Tuesday, they arrested the suspect who fled on foot, 27-year-old Mertroy Harris, who has been charged with murder and felony deadly conduct.
Mertroy's criminal history in Harris County dates back to 2009, court records show. He has prior convictions for robbery (twice), evading arrest and possession of marijuana.
The other three suspects remain at large. Police ask anyone with information about the incident to call the HPD homicide division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.