Texas family including two toddlers severely burned after man fires gun into their car triggering fireworks they were carrying
While the two children, aged one and two, were airlifted to a hospital in Galveston, the condition of the two parents is still not known
A family of four was severely burned after gunshots were fired into their car triggering off fireworks they were carrying home. Reportedly, there were two toddlers in the car at the time of the incident.
Around 9.30 pm on Thursday, the family was driving on Highway 249 near Ella, Texas, when they became engaged in an altercation with an unidentified male driver, Daily Mail reports. When the father stepped out of the car to argue with the other driver, the latter brandished a gun.
The father then allegedly stepped back and quickly got into his car to drive away, but the gun-wielding driver fired multiple shots into the vehicle.
According to ABC 11, this set off fireworks the family had just purchased and eventually engulfed the car in flames. Police said the father was able to drive off from the scene but the flames soon engulfed his vehicle.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the family was ultimately pulled out by two passers-by who came upon the blazing car. They were then rushed to an urgent care facility, before the children -- aged one and two -- were airlifted to a hospital in Galveston, the outlet reported.
At this time, neither of the parents' conditions are known.
The incident was described as a "horrific scene" in a tweet by Harris Country Sheriff Ed Gonzalez on Friday morning.
According to Sheriff Gonzalez, both the family and the shooter were of Hispanic descent. However, he did not reveal the ages of the adults involved. Meanwhile, detectives say the attacker fled the scene in a light-colored, relatively newer model of the Ford Expedition.
The suspect, Gonzalez tweeted, was believed to be in the car with a woman and two children himself. However, this has yet to be confirmed. Authorities are now offering a $5,000 reward for anyone with valuable tips that lead to the gunman's arrest, per NBC News.
Anyone with related information is urged to call the Sheriff's Office at 713-221-6000 or Crime Stoppers of Houston at 713-222-8477.