Nearly 50 people detained by Houston police on New Year’s Eve for drunken driving, celebratory gunfire

The Houston Police Department reported that on New Year’s Eve, when a 12-year-old girl in Southwest Houston was struck by a stray gunshot and sent to the hospital, five persons were detained for allegedly unlawfully firing firearms.

Detained Individuals On New Year’s Eve

On New Year’s Eve, when the Houston Police Department detained five individuals for allegedly unlawfully discharging weapons and more than 40 for allegedly driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol, a 12-year-old girl was hit by a stray bullet and sent to the hospital.

In a statement sent on Twitter, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated that the youngster had a graze cut to her neck at around 12:30 a.m. Southwest Houston, near 6405 West Bellfort Boulevard, on Sunday.

Finner stated that the little child “was brought to a hospital and, hopefully, is going to be okay.”

Remained Unclear On The Girl’s Shooting

On Monday, it remained unclear whether the girl’s shooting was connected to any of the five people HPD detained for New Year’s Eve gunplay. Anyone with information regarding the shooting is urged to contact the department’s major assaults squad at 713-308-8800.

According to HPD, a total of 43 Houston residents were detained on New Year’s Eve for drunk driving.

“While most of us made it home safely in this new year, a few of people spent the night in jail after failing to listen our cautions on partaking in celebratory driving while intoxicated,” Finner added.

Other Arrested Suspects

Meanwhile, Deonis Poindexter, 29, and Jacob Leal, 43, were both detained on January 2 after it was discovered during an inquiry that they had unlawfully shot guns during festivities.

According to police, charges might be enhanced as the investigation goes on.

Just after midnight, according to the girl’s mom, she started bleeding after falling to the ground at the Allure Apartments on Everhart. Robert Silva, her father, took her right away to the hospital, where she passed away.

Silva expressed his gratitude for the community’s support despite his loss.

The incident is being looked into by the city’s Criminal Investigation Division. Residents are urged to call 361-886-2600 with any information they may have about the situation.