A 16-year-old boy in Houston was charged with murder over the alleged shooting and murder of his stepfather at a local restaurant on Wednesday night.
Houston Police said the family gathered for a Shabu Zone birthday party in the Hong Kong City Mall on the 11200 block of Bellaire Boulevard when the shooting occurred shortly after 6 p.m. , Click2Houston reported.
According to investigators, the stepson went to the bathroom and returned with a semi-automatic pistol in his hand before shooting the stepfather in the head once. The 48-year-old Asian victim, who has been with the family for almost 10 years, died at the scene.
While the restaurant was “at full capacity” during the shooting, there were reportedly no other injuries.
The teenager fled the restaurant on foot, but a security guard who saw him running into the parking lot thought he was trying to avoid paying. A nearby police officer caught up with the teenager and apprehended him.
When the call about the shooting arrived, the teenage suspect was questioned and then transported to the HPD juvenile division.
Police did not release the suspect’s name and photo as he is a minor. His motive for the shooting has yet to be revealed, according to KHOU.
Authorities stressed, however, that the incident was not a hate crime, as it was an altercation between family members.
“Anytime there is a loss of life it is a tragedy, but you can imagine how much it involves a family member,” said HPD deputy chief Ban Tien.
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