Cyclist shot from passing vehicle

A Hispanic teen was the target of a drive-by shooting on Tuesday afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m., the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Montgomery County Hospital District medics responded to the scene in front of an HEB Grocery Store on Sawdust Road near Borough Park Drive.

MCSO Lt. Bill Bucks said the 18-year-old Hispanic male was riding his bicycle to work when someone shot him from a passing vehicle, striking the teen.

“He heard a ‘pop’ and something hit him in the forearm,” Bucks said.

The victim was uncertain of the shooter’s position, but through an interpreter he gave a vague description of a vehicle that was passing him at the time.

Capt. Kenneth Ariola later said their investigation revealed the actor was possibly a Hispanic male in a green sedan that was thought to be a Mitsubishi or something similar. The shooter drove away and EMS quickly removed the victim, leaving little evidence for investigators.

“There was no scene,” Ariola said. “It was a small wound and he was transported to Hermann Memorial Hospital in The Woodlands in stable condition.”

The gun was not a high power weapon, with the bullet that struck the victim possibly a .22 caliber, Ariola said.

Bucks said the injury was not major, but the fact that it was the result of a drive-by made it a serious matter.

Ariola said the initial investigation indicates the shooting was random, but there is always a possibility additional evidence will prove otherwise.

UPDATE:

MCSO Capt. Kenneth Ariola said the bullet has been identified as a “pellet.”

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