Friday, December 31, 2004

Missouri City, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of December 30, 2004
Pair sought in shooting of teen during break-in

Wounded boy's aunt exchanges fire with intruders

Police are searching for two men who forced their way into a home Thursday and shot and wounded a 16-year-old boy who was asleep.

After the break-in, the teen's aunt, Malika Leverette, 30, grabbed her .45-caliber pistol.

"She exchanged gunfire with them as they were fleeing the home. They escaped," said Missouri City Police Chief Ron Echols.

Echols said the men demanded to see someone who previously lived at the address.

The youth, whose name was not immediately available, was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was treated and released, Echols said.

The incident occurred about 3 a.m. in the 500 block of Reecewood. Echols said one of the intruders, armed with a 9 mm pistol, fired a shot at the teen who was sleeping on the couch. He was struck in both arms. The youth is from California and was visiting relatives.

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