A shooting near Cypress Lakes High School in west Harris County claimed the life of a teenager on Tuesday, as reported by the sheriff’s office.
The incident was reported around 10:30 a.m. and occurred along Greenhouse Road, across from the high school.
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stated that Jake Mason, aged 17, was waiting to pick up his girlfriend, a student at the high school, when he was fatally shot.
The shooter, described as a juvenile in black clothing, fled from the scene, and the motive for the shooting remains unknown.
Mason was declared deceased at the scene, and several individuals were taken into custody.
According to investigators, multiple shots were fired. While it remained uncertain whether anyone from the school was directly involved in the shooting,
HCSO Major Saul Suarez indicated that they had interviewed numerous individuals. Suarez clarified, “We do have persons detained who are from the school, but we don’t have that information if it was related to the school at this point.” He added that those detained encompassed individuals of various ages.
Schools in the vicinity implemented precautionary measures upon learning of the unfolding situation.
Three schools—Cypress Lakes High School, McFee Elementary, and Emery Elementary Schools—were initially placed in secure mode, but that precautionary measure has since been lifted.
Cypress Fairbanks ISD Police Chief Eric Mendez stated, “We went into secure. We lifted the secure once we knew the scene was safe.”
Suarez mentioned that a black four-door vehicle is of interest in the case, stating, “We’re thinking that vehicle involved … it drove away at a high rate of speed.”
Anyone with information is asked to call HCSO at 713-221-6000 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).