Nine people were shot and two people died Friday night in what police are calling an “ambush” during the filming of a music video in north Harris County, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.
A group of Hispanic men in their 20s was apparently filming a music video around 9:30 p.m. in a warehouse complex in the 500 block of Smart Street when another group began firing from a car, authorities said.
“There were other vehicles that were staged there and we believe they were filming some type of music video when, all of a sudden, basically they were ambushed, we believed by individuals in cars and/or foot that fired shots into the parking lot area,” Gonzalez said in a media briefing.
Gonzalez added some of the wounded are being treated for “very serious injuries.” One victim was shot in the head and is in critical condition, and two died on the scene.
The two deceased victims were identified Saturday afternoon as Gonzalo Gonzalez, 20, and Jonathan Jimenez, 22. All others injured in the shooting are between 17 and 22.
“We believe there could still be more (victims) that are injured that happened to leave the scene before we got here,” Gonzalez said.
Hours after the shooting occurred, blood still stained the parking lot, and a pair of lights that were used for the video shoot were still standing. A bus station, nestled between the lot and the street that the assailants likely fired from, had four visible bullet holes. A nearby car was also struck.
The scene was otherwise quiet — save for an older group that arrived in the late-morning to pick up a vehicle and the leftover lights. Before departing, they each briefly stared over the bloody pavement, and some broke into tears.