HOUSTON - A KHOU camera was rolling during a wild scene that played out during a murder investigation in southeast Houston.
It started with a deadly shooting around 12:30 p.m. outside a complex at 6060 Belarbor near South Wayside.
The gunfire killed 20-year-old Demarkus Harrison and wounded another person.
Neighbors say rising tension between family members and friends of the victim and the suspect escalated throughout the day.
KHOU photojournalist Scott Stevens was rolling when a car came plowing through the scene of up to 100 people.
Bystanders had only seconds to get out of the way, but nobody was injured.
“Why would I be in the car and let him do that,” asked passenger Deshonna Smith, who is the fiancée of the driver. “They came out here picking on him. This was self defense.”
The video shows a bike being hurled at the car moments before it careened toward a sea of people.
Smith claims the victim’s family was taunting her man, and one thing led to another.
“That’s when he got upset. The man through the bicycle. Another man came and punched him in his face. That’s when you seen the car go up in the median,” said Smith. “The devil has taken over this whole apartment complex. This ain’t nothing but Satan’s playground.”
Smith is seen on the video grabbing the wheel after the driver bailed out of the car.
A Houston Police officer then restrained the driver on the ground.
Smith identifies him as Lewis Bird Sr.
“We’re lucky that nobody got hurt,” said HPD Officer Derrick Fontenot.
The family of murder victim Demarkus Harrison says the entire thing is senseless.
“The night before last, they came two blocks over and shot my house up,” said grandfather Paul Callis.
Investigators wouldn’t speculate on a motive for the shooting. Detectives hadn’t apprehended the murder suspect as of 9:00 p.m. Wednesday night. He has not been officially identified by authorities.
The man seen on video tossing a bike at the car has not been charged either.
“When will people learn that crime is not going to solve anything,” said neighbor Tarethe Robinson. “You’re just killing yourselves off. It’s crazy.”