A six-year-old boy was shot dead in his parent’s bed as he slept around 4:00 a.m. on Friday morning in Houston, Texas. The child was asleep when 14 bullets came bursting through the walls from two cars outside. The little boy’s father says that he rushed to his son’s side to find him covered in blood. The child’s 11-year-old brother was also shot through the chest and is currently in the hospital.
The Daily Mail reports that six-year-old Moises Jimenez was asleep in his parent’s bed when bullets came barreling through the walls of the family’s home. In total, 14 bullets would make their way into the bedroom where the child slept. The boy’s father, Daniel Jimenez, said that he woke up and hit snooze on his alarm clock at 4:00 a.m. before going back to sleep. He said it was about five minutes later that the shots began firing at the home and his son screamed, “Daddy, daddy!” The distraught father says he immediately checked on his son who was covered in blood.
The man’s other son, 11-year-old Manuel, was also hit in the chest by a bullet. The father says that when he made it to his young son’s body, he immediately saw that he was shot through the mouth and had already died. His other son was then rushed to the hospital with a chest wound. The 11-year-old brother was severely wounded but is said to be in stable condition.
Just hours after the horrific shooting, ABC 13 approached the father who was still wearing blood-stained clothing in front of the family home. The father, who said he didn’t speak very good English, did note that the police have been “very good.” Other relatives speaking to the station noted that the young boy likely died instantly from his wound.
Houston Police Department Homicide detective Brian Evans notes that the children were likely not the target of the drive-by shooting, but would not elaborate other than saying the shooting may have been retaliation against the older two brothers for something that had happened months ago. Investigators also noted that the bullet caliber was unique and is not something they come across in the department regularly.
The child’s mother also briefly spoke to reporters and pleaded with the shooters to turn themselves in.
“Turn yourself in. You took my son away. You took my baby. Why did you have to do this? He didn’t deserve this. He was just a baby.”
The murdered child’s twin sister, Delilah, was also in the home at the time of the shooting but was unharmed.
[Image Credit: ABC 13 video report screenshot]