Son Shoots Dad, Kills Self in River Oaks
HOUSTON - An upscale Houston neighborhood is rocked by gunfire and screams for help. Police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide on Ella Lee Lane in prestigious River Oaks.
"I don't know of anything happening like this in a long time out here," said Pat Rutherford.
Around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Ben and Nancy Wells saw their neighbor, who they identify as Blake Hawk, running down the sidewalk before collapsing on the concrete.
"He was bleeding profusely from the head and saying that his son had shot him," said Ben Wells.
Hawk, 59, is the executive vice president of Crown Castle International Corporation, a communication technology company in Houston. Police say he was shot twice in the head but was still alive when he was transported to Ben Taub hospital.
"He was still lucid and able to give police a lot of information," said Wells.
Police discovered the body of Hawk's 21-year-old son, who neighbors say is also named Blake Hawk, inside the living room of their home. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The young man who is deceased was very handsome, very intelligent, loved his dog that we will now take care of until the family reunites with the dog," said Nancy Wells.
Police are still investigating what may have caused the violence to erupt. Hawk was in stable condition after undergoing surgery Sunday night.