Deputies: 4-year-old killed when mom refuses to give up purse during robbery in north Harris County

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HOUSTON — Deputies are searching for the suspects who fatally shot a 4-year-old girl, and critically injured her older sister and mother during a robbery at a north Harris County apartment complex Monday night.

The shooting happened around 8:40 p.m. at the Mission Falls apartments on Greens Crossing.

According to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies, a 27-year-old woman and her two little girls, ages 4 and 10, were getting grocery bags out of their vehicle around 8:40 p.m. when they were approached by three men.

The suspects demanded the mother’s purse, but she refused to give it up.

“They tried to grab her purse, she didn’t give the purse up, she was holding on to it. One of the males produced a handgun and began firing,” Harris County Sr. Deputy Thomas Gilliland said.

The mother and both of her daughters were struck.

The mother and the 10-year-old were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital. The 4-year-old was originally taken to Houston Northwest Hospital, then airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The suspects, who witnesses say were wearing dark clothing, fled the scene in a dark-colored car.

“There is good surveillance video here at this apartment complex. Hopefully we can get a car and a license plate, and also some witnesses have come forward and we’re trying to get some statements from them and find out if we can get any more and try and capture these three,” Gilliland said.

He went on to say that it is best to cooperate when finding yourself in a dangerous situation.

“The largest thing is complying. Just give your valuables, give your purse. Anything that you have in there can be replaced; your money, your credit cards. But your life and the life of your children or family members or friends can not be replaced,” Gilliland said. “Again, just give them what they want. Let them get out and get on their way.”

A gofundme account has been set up for the family.