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Child Plays Dead Then Calls For Help After 3 Family Members Shot To Death In Houston

HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) - Police in Houston searched Thursday, July 1 for a shooter who killed three people, including a young girl, and wounded another child who was able to call her grandmother to summon help, authorities said.

The shooting happened late Wednesday at an apartment complex, Houston Assistant Police Chief Patricia Cantu said.

When authorities arrived, they found a man, a woman and a girl believed to be about 5 to 7 years old who were fatally shot, Cantu said.

Police believe the woman was the mother of the two girls, but investigators were still determining the man's relationship to them.

The wounded girl, believed to be about 10 years old, was in stable condition, police said.

Police do not yet have a suspect description but the victims may have known the shooter because there were no signs of a break-in, Cantu said.

"This was a very, very tragic scene. We're sending out prayers to the family," Cantu said. "This was a very difficult scene not only for us but for the family as well."

The 10-year-old reportedly played dead after she was shot," Houston TV station KTRK reported.

She told family the shooter, who she described as a man wearing a mask, lined up her family members on the couch and shot them each in the head.

(© Copyright 2021 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)


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