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Houston girl plays dead while shooter kills her family, then FaceTimes grandmother to ask for help

Amy Christie

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Three family members were shot in a Houston apartment on Wednesday night. A brave 10-year-old girl managed to get help by playing dead and then calling her grandmother on FaceTime, as ABC News reports.

What are the details?

Houston police responded to a shooting call in the 12100 block of Fondren near West Airport. The incident took place on Wednesday night, at about 10:30 p.m.

A 6-year-old girl and her parents were shot, as the family members on the scene stated. They were all killed in the incident.

The couple had four kids together according to ABC13: the 6-year-old girl who was shot, a 1-year-old baby who was uninjured, an 8-year-old son who was not in the apartment when the shooting happened, and a 10-year-old girl.

The police revealed that the 10-year-old girl managed to call her grandmother and the rest of the family to tell that the others had been shot.

The family told the news outlet that the brave girl did it even though she was also injured. She was taken to hospital after the authorities arrived at the location.

The little girl reportedly played dead to save her life after she was shot in the arm. The shooter, who she described as a man with a mask on, lined up all her family on the couch. After that he shot each one.

“She said, 'Granny, someone came in and shot me, my mom, my dad, and my sister, and they are dead. She was in the house for about 15 minutes with the bodies until we got here,” Angela Ervin, a relative, said for the news outlet.

“She FaceTimed her grandmother, showed her everything. Then her grandmother called 911,” Tamera Denton told the station.
“This is a very, very tragic scene. We're sending out prayers to the family. This was a very difficult scene not only for us, the officers, but the family as well. So, we're sending out prayers and hopes that anybody has any information,” Assistant Chief Patricia Cantu stated.

Cantu said there were no signs of forced entry, and it is likely that the family knew the shooter. The incident happened in the living room.

“Whoever came to do this crime meant it. He didn’t want to leave any witnesses. He didn’t shoot the 1-year-old baby because he can’t talk,” the mother’s cousin said for KHOU.

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