Houston — 20-Year-Old Alyssa Reagins Shot to Death in Spring Area
Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 4:15 am by Williams Hart
At around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2019, 20-year-old Alyssa Reagins was found dead in front of her home in the Spring area.
According to authorities, deputies were sent to the residence on Pepper Ridge Lane and Bellchase Drive because Alyssa Reagins was shot in the head in the street. Steven Johnson, one of the people who lived with Reagins, said that he heard a gunshot, and he, along with the other residents, came outside to find Reagins lying in the street. Johnson’s daughter-in-law attempted doing a CPR on her until the ambulance and the police arrived to the scene. Unfortunately, Reagins was pronounced dead.
This accident was initially ruled as a suicide, but the authorities claimed that they did not find a weapon, so they do not believe that it was. Johnson said that Reagins had been arguing with someone on the phone all day before the accident, and surveillance cameras showed a white car speeding by around the time of the accident, but it is yet not clear whether it was related to the crime.
Authorities have not taken anyone into custody yet, and investigation is still ongoing for this accident.
It is unfortunate to hear of the passing of Alyssa Reagins, but sadly, she is not the first victim whose life is taken away by a shooting accident. According to a study conducted by Pew Research Center in 2017, about 40% of Americans claim that they own a gun or live in a household with one, and being shot by a gun or any other form of firearm is alarmingly common in this country. In fact, statistics show that gun violence is considered a leading cause of death in America, with about 124,760 people shot every year (in murders, assaults, suicides/suicide attempts, unintentional shootings, or by police intervention) and from that number, about 35,141 die from gun violence and about 89,620 people survive from it.
Furthermore, the chance of dying from gun violence is reported to be about 50% more than the risk of dying while riding inside a vehicle, and it is also 10 times as high as dying from any force of nature, such as earthquake, hurricane, and the like. This can be interpreted as Americans more likely to die from gun violence than the combined risks of drowning, fire and smoke, stabbing, choking on food, airplane crashes, animal attacks, and natural disasters. Indeed, this is quite a terrifying picture.
Gun-related accidents are undeniably terrible for the victim and their respective families. So, if you are a victim of shooting/gun violence, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help. The police will always be there for you, but more than that, lawyers, especially those who specialize in gun-related accidents, are willing to help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
Note: We report on the types of accidents and injuries our law firm has experience handling. Our hearts go out to victims of the accidents described on this blog, and we hope that future accidents, injuries, and deaths can be prevented. These posts are gathered from recent stories in the news. As new developments occur, these stories are often updated. If information contained within this article is false or outdated, please contact us so we can include the new information or make a correction.
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