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Man accused of fatally shooting 2 men with AK-47 in north Houston arrested, authorities say



HOUSTON – A man accused of fatally shooting two men with an AK-47 in north Houston last Wednesday has been arrested, authorities said.

Kurt Whitten, 19, has been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of Thomas Alvarado, 26, and Jeremiah Ponce, 20. Whitten’s bond was denied and he is expected to appear in court Thursday.

Police said the shooting happened in the 10200 block of Aldine Westfield around 10:11 p.m.

According to HPD, an off-duty Harris County sheriff’s deputy was driving to work when the deputy came up on the scene after the shooting occurred. Arriving officers located the victims with gunshot wounds laying in the roadway near their wrecked car, officers said. Investigators said both Ponce and Alvarado were pronounced dead by emergency officials with the Houston Fire Department.

Police said they believe there was some sort of dispute between the victims and four other men. The four men, who were reportedly in a black GMC pickup truck, caught up to the victims, who were in a white sedan, while going westbound on Parker. One of the suspects in the back of the black pickup truck opened fire on the two men inside the white sedan, investigators said.

This is a developing story. Check back here for more updates.


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Sourabh Verma,From Franklin Tn - Sub-editor in Asian News International(ANI) I am a detailed-driven journalist with 3+ years of experience in news writing and copy-editing, I can file quick, compelling and error-free stories as they break. I have sound knowledge of national and international issues and have covered stories across beats, including politics, parliament, legal and crime like drugs and Human Trafficking at Asian News International (ANI), where I currently work. Some of these include extensive coverage of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, several state Assembly elections, Parliament sessions, COVID-19 pandemic and other stories of national importance. A typical working day involves copy-editing dozens of drafts, managing junior sub-editors in shifts and keeping an eye on developing stories. This added responsibility followed a couple of years of filing stories based on press briefings, bytes and inputs from reporters on the ground.


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