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Road Rage Shooting On Halloween Knight Kills Young Adult Weeks Later

A suspect is still at large after a road rage and shooting incident that took place on Halloween night and resulted in the death of 18-year old Harrison Schmidt.  

ABC 13 in Houston released the sad update of Schmidt’s passing on Tuesday, November 19th, after his mother, Angelica Halphen told reporter, Erica Simon that her son’s body just wore down after weeks of fighting for his life at Ben Taub Hospital. 

Houston Police said that a road rage driver got in an altercation with Harrison Schmidt at approximately 7:30 p.m. in the area around 12200 Fondren Road after investigators say that the driver of a newer model black four-door Dodge Ram pickup truck cut off Schmidt who was driving a Toyota Highlander.   Investigators say the driver then slammed on his brakes, causing Schmidt to slam on his brakes to avoid hitting the bigger vehicle. 

The driver of the pickup got into an argument with Schmidt.  The two drivers pulled up to the stoplight at the intersection of West Airport and Fondren.  A passenger who was with Schmidt at the time told investigators that when the light turned green, the driver of the Dodge pickup fired a shot into Schmidt’s vehicle, hitting Schmidt in the head before fleeing the scene.

With a bullet lodged in the frontal lobe of his brain, Schmidt was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital, where he had been clinging to life since the night he was shot. 

The suspect is described as being a white or Hispanic male who is in his 30’s or 40’s and has deep acne scars on his face.  The Houston Police Department has issued a sketch of the suspect in the hopes that someone might recognize him. Officials are hoping someone will identify the suspect and alert the authorities.

The family of Harrison Schmidt is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who comes forward with information that leads to an arrest.


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