Members of a family were severely burned Thursday night when a road-rage shooting ignited fireworks inside their pickup in Houston.
Two children, ages 1 and 2, were in critical condition after the 9 p.m. attack at a convenience store in the 1800 block of West Mount Houston Road, in northwest Houston.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said a dispute between people in two vehicles led to them pulling into the gas station. The family in the pickup tried to drive away after one of the occupants of the other vehicle pulled a gun and opened fire.
The pickup was engulfed in flames, Gonzalez said in a tweet, and some good Samaritans rescued all four family members and drove them to an emergency clinic.
The two children, who were badly burned, were flown to a hospital. Their father was also hurt with burns to his arm, deputies said.
The shooter, who fled the scene, is described as a man in his 20s who was driving a light-colored Ford Expedition, Harris County sheriff’s Deputy Tom Turner said. Witnesses said there were other people inside the shooter’s vehicle, including a woman and children