A 9-year-old girl died after a man who was held up at a Houston ATM fired at her family's pickup truck while attempting to shoot the robbery suspect, police said.
The suspect in the shooting, identified by police as Tony Earls, 41, was making a transaction at a drive-thru ATM at 2900 Woodridge Dr. in southeastern Houston with his wife Monday shortly before 10 p.m. when he was robbed at gunpoint, according to police.
"Earls first shot at the robbery suspect, who was fleeing on foot, and then at a pickup truck he thought the robbery suspect had gotten into," police said.
One of those rounds struck the back window of the pickup truck, which was occupied by a family of five that was not involved in the robbery, police said. A 9-year-old girl in the rear passenger seat was struck during the shooting, police said.
The girl, who has not been publicly identified by authorities, was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in critical condition. She was pronounced dead Tuesday afternoon, police said.
No one else was harmed in the incident, police said. It's not clear whether the robbery suspect returned fire, according to police.
Earls was arrested and charged with aggravated assault-serious bodily injury, police said Tuesday. The complaint alleged that he "recklessly" caused serious bodily injury "by shooting at an occupied motor vehicle with a deadly weapon."
Earls' bond has been set at $30,000. Attorney information was not immediately available.
The unknown robbery suspect remains at large.
Houston Chief of Police Matt Slinkard told reporters at a press conference that all evidence was being reviewed.