A two-year-old Texas boy was fatally shot and his father and another male were wounded in what appears to be a home invasion robbery gone bad.
According to police, Ivory West Jr. (also known as TJ), his father, and his father’s friend were sitting in the garage of their townhouse near Houston when two men approached them and began shooting.
TJ’s father was shot multiple times and taken by Life Flight medical helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital-Texas Medical Center, where he is in critical condition.
The father’s friend was shot in the leg and is in stable condition.
Paramedics pronounced TJ dead at the scene.
“This is unacceptable,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said at a Wednesday press conference. “This is our community and when you are shooting kids … this is senseless and unacceptable. I know our community joins us in saying that this has to stop and we’ve got to get these people off the street and hold them accountable.”
“They really are crossing the line when they are out there committing these crimes,” he added. “And again we are seeing way too much gun violence, especially focused on our children. There was no reason that a 2-year-old had to be dead this morning.”
So far, the motive appears to be robbery.
“The garage door was up and maybe they were just victims of opportunity,” he said. “We will determine as we go on if there were any other motive or connection to it. The main goal is to first find out who did it.”
Gonzalez said the boy’s mother was upstairs with a 2-month-old baby and heard fireworks before the shooting.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Christine Pelisek