Man accused of shooting family member at south Houston home identified; suspect still at large

HOUSTON — Houston police have identified and charged a man accused of shooting a family member during a domestic dispute early Monday at a home in the McGregor area. The suspect remains at large.

Leroy Houston, 60, is charged with aggravated assault of a family member. Police originally identified the suspect as the victim’s grandfather, but it’s since been confirmed the woman is actually his 21-year-old niece.

Officers responded to a residence in the 6200 block of Illinois Street at 2 a.m.

Investigators said Houston and the victim were arguing inside the home when the suspect left and then returned with a gun. As the two continued to argue, the young woman went into the bathroom and slammed the door behind herself.

Houston reportedly fired at least one shot through the door.

The victim was struck in the abdomen. She was later taken to the hospital in stable condition.

The suspect left the residence before police arrived.

“They were some children inside the house, but the children were not involved in the incident,” Caleb Bowling of the Houston Police Department said. “Everyone else was asleep other than the two people that were involved.”

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts or the shooting should call Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-TIPS (8477).