CROSBY – Family members and neighbors grieved and surrounded the scene as emergency responders franticly tried to save the life of a man and his step son that were shot after 5:00 p.m. last Friday in this areas most frequently used park.
Friday, Carlton Griffin, 45, was shot and died later and his stepson, Leonard Taylor, 17, was wounded by gunfire.
Two black males about 18 to 25 years old are suspected in the shooting that occurred in Crosby Park.
According to Sgt. Ben Beall of the Homicide Unit, “On Friday, 07.28.2017, at approximately 4:50 P.M. Deputies with the Harris County Sheriffs Office responded to a disturbance at the Crosby Plaza Apartments, located at 6616 N. Main St. Shortly after arriving on the scene, Deputies were notified of a shooting at Crosby Park, located at 357 Hare RD, adjacent to the apartment complex. When Deputies arrived at the park, they located two males that were shot. The first male, Carlton Griffin, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. The second male, Leonard Taylor, suffered a single gunshot wound and was transported to the hospital in stable condition. Deputies determined that the shooting was related to the earlier disturbance at the apartment complex. Witnesses stated they saw two black male suspects flee the shooting scene on foot.
The shooting death of Carlton Griffin is being investigated by the Harris County Sheriffs Office Homicide Unit. If anyone has any information regarding the shooting, they are asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 713.274.9100, or call Crime Stoppers at 713.222.TIPS(8477).”
However, another witness said he heard shots and when he looked, a dark grey 1500 Dodge 4 door speed from the parking lot. Even if one had nothing to do with the incident many would find it a prime time to vacate after shots were fired.
Harris County Emergency Service District #5, the ambulance service for Crosby, worked frantically to revive Griffin but he never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead on the scene. Family members say his stepson was taken to the hospital with non-lethal injuries.
Deputies closed the park area and interviewed witnesses and family. According to family members, the father and son were chasing after a man who had earlier knocked at their apartment door brandishing a pistol. This suspect was said to be upset because the victim’s stepdaughter, a special needs child, was making noise inside the apartment. The family member indicated the homicide victim and his stepson were chasing a suspect outside before they were shot.