Child, 6, witnessed dad’s killing during road rage incident – thought driver fired a confetti cannon at father

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HOUSTON, TX – A six-year-old boy witnessed the fatal shooting of his father earlier in June, which investigators say stemmed from a road rage incident with a driver of a black Ford Mustang currently still at-large.

On June 19th at approximately 7:30 p.m., 49-year-old David Owens was sitting in the passenger seat of a vehicle which also hosted his girlfriend, his six-year-old son, also named David, and his cousin, when some sort of an altercation transpired between a driver of a black Ford Mustang near Alief Coldine and Highway 6.

The family of Owens claims that they were coming back from a pool party when some sort of verbal back and forth between the driver of the Mustang and Owens happened along the roadway.

According to the family, the driver of the Mustang, described only as a Hispanic male possibly in his 20’s, then nearly hit the vehicle they were in. Owens reportedly exited the vehicle and began to approach the driver of the Mustang, who then reportedly shot Owens in the neck, killing him.

The young boy recounted the incident while speaking with a local news crew:

“The other rolled down his window, while my dad got out.

“And my dad was like, started chasing him, so then the guy shot him. And then I thought it was one of those confetti things – when you shoot confetti. I thought he was shooting at him and he was running back cause he was coming back to the car.

“So, I thought he was running back. But he wasn’t. So I was getting kind of scared, I didn’t know what was happening.”

David’s mother, Beth Dean, said the following about the killing of her son’s father:

“Everything has been taken away. You know, I say the world lost a good man and my son lost his world.

“Our family has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the capture of this gentleman.

“This one moment has affected everyone’s lives. There will be everything that happened before that day and there will be everything that happened after that day.”

The suspect was said to have fled the scene following the fatal shooting.

Anyone with information about this murder or the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-221-6000.

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Law Enforcement Today previously reported on other incidents involving road rage that turned fatal, such as the fatal shooting of a 47-year-old mother of six children that occurred in North Carolina. 

Here’s that previous report from April. 

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LUMBERTON, NC- Another innocent victim has paid the price for a soft-on-crime criminal justice system in yet another year of senseless murders in the wake of an extremely violent 2020.

Not surprisingly, last year saw a 36.7 increase in the murder rate across 57 agencies surveyed. Fifty-one of the agencies showed an increase in murder, while 37 showed murder rates up over 30 percent, a data consultant told NPR.

This year isn’t much better, according to the New York Times, which said there has been an 18 percent hike in homicides year over year from 2020. The blow story is but a microcosm of the violence that has overtaken our country.

In one of the most disturbing stories of a senseless murder, a 47-year-old mother of six was killed in a road rage incident in North Carolina back in late March, according to a story in the Western Journal.

The Times reported that Julie Eberly and her husband Ryan were headed to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina to celebrate their wedding anniversary.

The couple, from Manheim, Pennsylvania was traveling on Interstate 95 in Lumberton, North Carolina which is located about 125 miles from Charlotte when a “road rage encounter unknowingly developed,” according to law enforcement authorities.

Shortly before noon on March 25, the Eberly’s vehicle apparently came close to another vehicle during a merge from one lane to the other.

For unknown reasons, a black male who was driving a Chevy Malibu put down his window and fired multiple shots into the Eberly’s GMC Yukon passenger side door, with one bullet striking Julie.

Ryan Eberly pulled the vehicle to the side of the highway to await medical attention while the suspect driving the Malibu escaped by exiting the highway. Sadly, Julie Eberly succumbed to her wound at a local hospital, leaving six children without a mother.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins told WTXF-TV:

“This was an innocent family from Pennsylvania headed to the beach for a vacation,” he said about the murder.

“Thankfully they had left their six children at home with grandparents but now these kids have to live with the thought of their mother being murdered in such a cowardly and senseless way. My heart goes out to this family and I ask that everyone reading this stop and pray for this entire family.”

On April 1st, authorities arrested Dejywan R. Floyd, 29, of Lumberton, NC and charged him with First Degree Murder and Discharging a Weapon into an Occupied Property, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office announced on its Facebook page.

Wilkins stated:

“The arrest of Floyd is the direct result of law enforcement agencies and the community working together. The surveillance footage provided to investigators by dozens of cooperating businesses and residents were critical elements in the tracking of Floyd’s path in Cumberland County prior to the shooting and throughout Lumberton and beyond after the shooting.

“Regardless of the circumstances, no one deserved to be murdered while traveling our nation’s highways. I am proud of the investigative work put forth by the law enforcement agencies that came together as one to bring this case to a successful conclusion.”

Floyd is currently being held in the Robeson County Detention Center without bond.

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Back in January, we at Law Enforcement Today reported on a retired Army veteran who was gunned down in a suspected road rage incident in Tennessee. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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MEMPHIS, TN – According to Memphis Police, a fatal shooting that took place at a gas station on the corner of Raleigh LaGrange and Covington Pike occurred on the evening of January 11th. 

The family of the victim, later identified as 64-year-old Steve Kennon, suspect that the fatal shooting of their loved one resulted from a road rage incident that escalated to gunfire

From what police officials say of the incident, at roughly 5:30 p.m. on January 11th, Kennon was shot near a gas station and was later transported to Regional One Hospital in critical condition. Sadly, the military veteran passed away while at the hospital. 

As for the suspect, he is currently still at large. MPD sources say that the suspect was last seen fleeing the scene of the shooting in a small red Ford Expedition, heading westbound on Raleigh LaGrange.  

Kennon’s surviving family members spoke about how it had been days before they even knew about his death. Kelsey Kennon, the victim’s daughter, didn’t know about her dad’s death until days after he’d passed:

“[On January 11th] when I saw the shooting on Facebook I just scrolled past it. I didn’t open it up because, honestly, it’s just another day in Memphis.”

“I don’t really know what happened because the Memphis Police Department, they just put a business card on our door and my mom didn’t see it. Found it on [January 13th].”

When remarking on the circumstances of her father’s killing, Kelsey pointed out that her father was a retired veteran who didn’t have any enemies set out on killing him. 

Hence, why she believes that this was something that likely sprung from a road rage incident while her father was likely headed back to his home at the Northlake Apartments:

“Maybe he cut him off or made him mad or whatever. I mean it’s just not a reason to take somebody’s life.”

When looking at the fallout of her father’s passing, Kelsey noted that her 9-year-old son is going to be missing out on the “father figure” that the boy’s late grandfather played in his life: 

“He’s definitely the most affected and will be. He’s the only father type, father figure that we had for him and somebody took him for whatever reason.”

Police believe that even during the fatal shooting, Kennon was able to return fire on the suspect before crashing his vehicle after being shot. 

Anyone with information on this case or the suspect at large is urged to contact Shelby County Crime Stoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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