Harris County, TX – A good Samaritan saved the life of a mother who was being shot by her son early on Tuesday morning by pulling out his own gun and shooting the gunman.
The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. on July 5 in the 300-block of Highland Cross in northern Harris County, KHOU reported.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the woman was outside her apartment building celebrating the 4th of July with neighbors when her adult son showed up and acted strangely.
The mother and her 22-year-old son went into her apartment and shortly thereafter, he began shooting what deputies believe was an AK-47 rifle out the windows of the residence, KHOU reported.
Bullets sprayed into an apartment next door where a 16-year-old girl was sitting at a dining room table, but she was not wounded, according to police.
When police arrived on the scene, the gunman was already dead.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office investigating a shooting at Highland Cross and Trevor Way where detectives say a Good Samaritan likely saved the life of a woman who’s son was apparently shooting her @KPRC2 pic.twitter.com/ygdk8xDmRD
— Rilwan Balogun (@KPRC2Rilwan) July 5, 2022
Police said a neighbor told officers that he had shot the gunman to save the gunman’s 58-year-old mother, KHOU reported.
“The son stood over mom, shot her like three or four times, and that’s when the good Samaritan took his shot and was able to strike the suspect,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told reporters at a press conference after the incident.
Deputies say a 22-year-old shot his mom with an AK47 after a 4th of July BBQ at this N. Harris County apt complex.
We're told the mother is only alive this morning thanks to a good Samaritan who grabbed his gun and stopped the shooter.
— Stephanie Whitfield (@KHOUStephanie) July 5, 2022
The wounded mother was transported to the hospital for treatment and was expected to survive her wounds, KHOU reported.
Sheriff Gonzalez said the woman would not have survived the incident if not for the intervention of the good Samaritan.