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Suspect accused of fatally shooting 8-year-old during drive-by in June arrested, charged: HCSO

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HOUSTON – A suspect accused of fatally shooting an 8-year-old during a drive-by in east Harris County in June has been arrested, deputies said.

Denzel Perkins, 26, has been charged with felony murder in the deadly shooting of victim Paul Vasquez. He was booked into the Harris County Jail Tuesday.

Deputies said they received reports of a shooting inside a residence on June 12, 2022. Vasquez was in his bed inside his room when a bullet pierced him in his chest, HCSO said.

According to investigators, the child was able to get up and tell his mother what happened before collapsing.

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The boy was transported by an ambulance to Ben Taub Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Deputies said the boy’s two brothers were also in the home when the shooting happened.

According to HCSO, there is no motive for the shooting.

According to HCSO, there is no motive for the shooting.

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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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