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Local woman charged with assault after video surfaces of man shot in head while friends played with loaded guns

Cassandra Nickcole Damper, 25, is charged with tampering with evidence.

HOUSTON — A local woman is facing additional charges after video surfaced of her shooting a man in the head while playing with guns in a car over the weekend in southeast Houston, according to police.

Cassandra Nickcole Damper, 25, is charged with aggravated assault bodily injury.

She was previously charged with tampering with evidence.

Officers were called out to a shooting at the Valero gas station on Almeda Road near Southmore Boulevard around 2: 25 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators said Damper, the victim and a second man were checking out each others’ guns when she accidentally fired, striking the victim in the head as he sat in the driver’s seat.

“The disturbance appears to be kids playing with guns,” HPD Det. John Roberts said.

Damper and the second man were detained for questioning, during which their hands were bagged so investigators could test for gunshot residue. Police said Damper tried to destroy evidence by wiping off any gunshot residue that may have been present.

She was arrested at the scene and subsequently charged.

The victim was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in serious condition.

On Tuesday, the family confirmed the man was no longer on life support and breathing on his own.