February 1, 2019 News Release
Suspect jailed after parking lot shooting
Humble ISD Police and community law enforcement partnered to identify, locate, and arrest the suspect in a shooting that occurred in the parking lot of Atascocita High School on Thursday evening.
At approximately 6:15 p.m. on January 31, a 16-year–old male was shot in the parking lot behind the cafeteria. The suspect fled in a red Chevrolet Impala. At approximately 12:44 a.m. City of Humble Police Officer C. Goddard pulled over a suspicious vehicle. Officer Goddard identified the passenger who fit the description of the suspect and detained him. At approximately 1:35 a.m. the suspect was arrested and taken into custody by Sgt. J. Hernandez of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. Humble ISD Police, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Precinct 4 Constables, Atascocita High School Administrators, and City of Humble Police worked together on the investigation and apprehension. The suspect, a 17-year-old male student enrolled in Atascocita High School, is now in the Harris County jail.
After being shot Thursday evening, the victim ran into Atascocita High School. An Humble ISD employee called 911 and several employees, parents, and a student trainer comforted the victim until paramedics arrived.
“I have to say thank you to the staff who were inside the building and who handled things beautifully given the circumstances,” Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen said. “They really made a huge difference in all of this.”
There were no other injuries. A friend, who was with the victim at the time of the shooting, did not sustain any injuries.
“All parties involved are cooperating,” Humble ISD Police Chief Solomon Cook said.
At the time of the incident, there were about 85 students in the building for after-school sports and fine arts activities. All students were kept safe inside until released by police to go home.
“This incident appeared to stem from a narcotics transaction and there is no broader concern for the school," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said during a news conference. "This was an isolated interaction.”
The community provided support, including sending key tips through iHELP, an anonymous reporting app that Humble ISD implemented in 2017.
“There was information that came through that we certainly appreciate,” Dr. Fagen said. “To have the opportunity for people to give us information directly has made a world of difference multiple times since the inception of iHELP.”
Extra counselors were at Atascocita High School on Friday and about 50 students chose to visit with them. About 2,000 students attended Atascocita High School on Friday and about 1,650 were absent. The district told parents on Thursday night that absences on Feb. 1 would not count against students for exam exemptions. Exemptions are a privilege that allows students to exempt some exams if they meet attendance and grade requirements. School officials understood some families may choose to keep their children home because the incident was unusual and upsetting.
Humble ISD administrators are reviewing everything that occurred. School discipline will move forward for students involved according to the Humble ISD Student Code of Conduct. The Texas Education Code stipulates that students who commit serious infractions affecting the safety of others must be placed off campus in alternative education or juvenile justice programs. Under federal law, district officials are prohibited from discussing the discipline of individual students with anyone other than the student’s parents.
“We understand that difficult events are not over when the news coverage ends,” Dr. Fagen said. “During times like these, we remember that Humble ISD is family, and our priority is to provide continuous support to our students, staff, and community, for as long as it takes, to work through the situation.”