Posted on Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 2:57 am
At around 2:35 p.m. on Sunday, February 3, 2019, a fatal shooting occurred at 7915 South Braeswood Boulevard in Houston.
According to the Houston Police Department Homicide Division Sergeant M. Burrow and Detective A. Lopez, the HPD patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at the aforementioned address. Upon their arrival, they found the victim, a 39-year-old man, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds after being shot by his roommate, 43-year-old Jaimel Demetruis Smith. The victim was pronounced dead by the Houston Fire Department paramedics.
Smith was detained and was later charged with murder in the 208th State District Court.
It is unfortunate to hear of the death of the unnamed victim. Sadly, he is only one of the very many victims of a shooting accident. With about 40% of Americans claiming that they own a gun or that they live in a household with one, being shot by a gun or any other form of firearm is alarmingly common in the U.S. 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.
Moreover, 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 earthquakes, hurricanes, 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 appalling 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 always 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 Houston 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 (888) 220-0640 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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