Woman with disability fatally shot while sleeping in bed in NW Harris County, deputies say
CYPRESS, Texas – Harris County Sheriff’s deputies said they are investigating a shooting that left a 20-year-old woman with cerebral palsy dead inside a home in northwest Harris County.
Deputies said the shooting happened in the 11220 block of Timber Crest around 11:10 p.m.
Neighbor Nikki Temple brought over a candle and some flowers to share her condolences with the Rhodd family. “I feel devastated, I just feel sick to my stomach,” said Temple.
Detectives say a group of assailants surrounded the Rhodd family’s home and opened fire with at least a rifle, shotgun and pistol.
“You know I heard it happening, who would think that you would hear it happening and someone’s being killed, a young girl in her bed,” said Temple.
As the gunfire erupted, the Rhodd family was in a panic. Inside the home was Sierra, her 15-year-old brother, her mother and her father, Michael.
“My girl didn’t do nothing to deserve anything,” said Michael Rhodd. “She has cerebral palsy, laying in the bed and you shoot her in the face.”
Sierra was Michael’s only daughter. Now, he has to prepare to bury her.
“Whoever came and shot my house up and murdered my daughter, I want them caught,” said Rhodd.
Authorities said that no one has been arrested, although, they do have people detained.
The motive for the shooting remains unclear, however, family members suspect the intended target was Sierra’s 15-year-old brother.
Dozens of shell casings were found from the street to the front yard, investigators said. Deputies said it is believed that multiple shooters from multiple vehicles shot up the house.
Deputies said a motorcycle that appeared to have been ditched was located in the street outside of the residence. According to investigators, the motorcycle was possibly stolen, given the screwdriver that fell from the ignition. A shotgun was found in the grass near the motorcycle, deputies said.
Deputies with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to a call about a drive-by shooting in the 11200 block of Timber Crest Drive on Sunday.
Upon arrival, deputies said they discovered the victim was unresponsive from apparent gunshot wounds. EMS arrived on the scene and Rhodd was pronounced dead, deputies said.
Deputies said they spoke with the victim’s parents and her 15-year-old brother, who said they were home watching television when someone began shooting into their home. Deputies learned that the victim’s 15-year-old brother discharged a handgun at the suspects as they were fleeing.
Deputies said they also learned Sierra, who has cerebral palsy, was in her bedroom in bed at the time of the shooting.
After looking at nearby surveillance video, deputies saw three vehicles, a dark-colored sedan, a motorcycle and a truck traveling westbound towards the victim’s home prior to the shooting. According to investigators, neighbors reported seeing a dark-colored sedan and a red pickup truck fleeing the scene immediately after the shooting.
Presler is currently booked into the Harris County Jail on an unrelated charge. She is expected to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222- TIPS (8477) or the HCSO Homicide Unit at 713-221-6000.