Houston Shootings Kill Five, Wound Two

Multiple shootings in Houston on Wednesday night left five people dead and two in hospital.

Police said three people were killed and another hospitalized in one shooting on the 6000 block of Ranchester. The motive was not immediately clear.

Houston Police Department also said that a separate shooting took place on 7900 Corporate earlier that evening, where a male was shot in the foot and transported to an area hospital.

Two other shootings left a 23 and a 25 year old dead, the department said.

One shooting was reported at around 11.30pm by police on Lamb Street, just south Bluebonnet Place Circle, in a neighborhood west of downtown.

A man was found alive at the scene, but later died in hospital. In that attack, investigators believe a drug deal went sour, leading to gunfire, KHOU reported.

Just after that incident, police started receiving calls about a vehicle stopped at the nearby junction of Gray Street and Montrose Boulevard. Police found another shooting victim in that vehicle, who later also died in hospital. The driver has been detained.

Newsweek has contacted Houston Police Department for comment.

Anyone with information has been urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

There have been a spate of other shootings in Houston in recent weeks.

On Wednesday, two Houston women were arrested and charged in connection with a deadly shooting on October 15, 2020. Sherikah McGee, 19, is charged with murder and Ariel McGee, 17, is charged with aggravated robbery with serious bodily injury and tampering with evidence.

On March 5, it was reported that a one-year-old boy in Houston survived being accidentally shot by police after an armed suspect jumped into the car with the baby in the backseat.

The shooting happened at around 11:30 p.m. that day at a Chevron gas station in southwest Houston.

Around 400 people were murdered in Houston last year, an increase of around 42 percent compared to 2019 and 100 more than the highs seen in 2015 and 2016, when the city saw 300 murders.

In October, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner pledged $4.1 million on police overtime to try and curb the city's rising crime.

Cities across America have seen more homicides, shootings and other crimes during the pandemic, as job losses, feelings of isolation and illness or death of loved ones increased anxiety levels.

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A stock photo of police tape. Multiple shootings in Houston, Texas, on Wednesday night have left five people dead and one person in hospital. Noam Galai/Getty