Dad Fatally Shoots Teen in Daughter's Room

Texas girl apparently let him in

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 13, 2014 4:31 PM CDT | Updated Mar 14, 2014 7:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – A 17-year-old Houston boy is dead after a middle-of-the-night confrontation with the father of a girl he knew—in her bedroom, reports the Houston Chronicle.The father told police that one of his other children alerted him that someone was in his daughter's bedroom, and he went to investigate with a gun about 2:20am, reports My Fox Houston. When he entered the room, his 16-year-old daughter denied knowing who the boy was, and the father says he fired when the teen appeared to be reaching for something, say investigators. Only afterward did the daughter acknowledge that she had let the boy inside the home and into her room, reports KHOU.

The 55-year-old father reportedly called 911 before shooting, but the call was followed by an argument with the male teen. KHOU identifies the teen victim as Johran McCormick. "I really wish that he would have had a second thought," says mother Zakia McCormick of the shooter. "He didn't deserve to die like that." The still-unidentified father—who was treated at a hospital for a panic attack after the shooting—was not arrested, the Chronicle reports, but the sheriff's office says the case will be presented to a grand jury, which will decide whether to charge him with anything.

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