HOUSTON, TX (CTRC) — The man is now in jail after a bizarre mix-up ended with him shooting his relatives in an incident at a gas station, authorities say.
Dozens of yellow evidence markers and shattered car windows tell the tale of a brazen shooting at a Circle K gas station in northwest Harris County, near the Willowbrook Mall.
The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Memorial Drive and Spears Road.
Prosecutors said 23-year-old Jeffrey Samuels II fired 40 shots at a white Mercedes SUV. Tony Cotton and his wife Alberta Cotton were in the car at the time. Alberta, who was in the passenger seat, received at least three blows.
Family members told ABC13 that Alberta Cotton is the cousin of the accused shooter, and the suspect did not appear to have known his family was in the car.
The confusion began earlier in the day when members of the extended family gathered to mourn the death of an aunt.
Speaking to ABC13 on the phone, Tony Cotton said he and his wife were driving their white SUV and asked if they could follow Jeffrey Samuels Sr. to the next family member’s home, where they planned to continue their grief and offer condolences.
When they started moving, Samuels Sr. told investigators that he was embarrassed by the car that followed him and did not recognize it. It was then that Samuels Sr. called 911 to report a suspicious vehicle and then called his son to share his suspicions.
Investigators said Jeffrey Samuels II met his father and mother at a Circle K gas station while they were waiting for a white SUV to pick them up, and it happened.
According to police, Jeffrey Samuels II opened fire just as Tony Cotton opened the driver’s side door.
Jeffrey Samuels II, who previously had no criminal record in Harris County, is now charged with two counts of aggravated assault for shooting his own family after his father was confused by those who stalked him.
Tony Cotton said he was still waiting for Samuels Sr. find out how confused he is. He said they were still pressing charges against their younger cousin because “family or not, what he did was wrong.”
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