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December 5, 2002

Teen shot through window of his Ft. Bend Co. home

From: KTRK-TV, TX - 05 Dec 2002

ABC13 Eyewitness News
(12/05/02) — A father made a frantic call to 911 after he discovered his son was shot. The 18-year-old boy was hit in the back while he was inside his Ft. Bend County home. And so far, no arrests have been made.

Syed Kahwar never saw what hit him. A bullet was shot through the window of his Ft. Bend County home on Ember Hollow Lane near West Airport and landed square into his back. A family member who fears for his life was there when it happened and didn't want to be identified.

"You see him coming down, stumbling down the stairs holding his back, trying to let out a scream, but he couldn't get the scream to come out," he said.

His father immediately called 911.

FATHER: "My son got shot. Somebody shot him."
911 DISPATCHER: "How old is he?"
FATHER: "Eighteen years old."
911 DISPATCHER: "OK. Is he breathing?"
FATHER: "He's breathing, but he got shot in the back. I don't know what's going on. Can you send somebody please. You can hear we are crying. Everybody's crying."
DISPATCHER: "Of course. It's very upsetting. I'm trying to keep you calm so we can get somebody there."

Sheriff's investigators were at the scene within minutes of the call for help. They say this was no random shooting, though the 18-year-old might not have been the intended target.

"This individual was sought out, or at least his family was sought out specifically," said Chief Deputy Craig Brady with the Ft. Bend County Sheriff's Department. "So the citizens in the Village of Oak Lake don't have to worry about someone who's going around just randomly shooting through houses."

So as detectives look for the shooter, Kahwar's family is left looking for answers, hoping and praying he pulls through.

"He's a good guy. He's one of the people you like to be around," said the unidentified family member.

Police wouldn't talk specifically about what they know about this investigation. They don't want to jeopardize this case. But they do say they have a group they're targeting that might be involved. They say there was someone who approached the home an hour before the shooting and investigators certainly want to talk to that person.

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