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Family gathering leads to shooting

Gathering for a family Thanksgiving ended before it begun when a Mission Bend man shot his brother-in-law in the neck.

Tuesday evening, just before 9 p.m., sheriff’s deputies were called to a home in the 17000 block of Mercado Drive, in the Mission Bend subdivision, to investigate a shooting. Sheriff’s spokesperson Terriann Carlson said an argument erupted between two adult males who were attending family Thanksgiving festivities at the Mercado home. Carlson identified Durell Watts, 25, a resident at the Mercado home, as the man who shot his 21 year old brother-in-law in the neck. She said the victim was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital downtown where he remains in critical condition.

Carlson said Durell Watts fled the home driving a red 1998 Lincoln Navigator bearing Mississippi license plate JPX-634. At press time Watts remains at large. However, a warrant for his arrest for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon has been issued. Carlson said the case is still active and asks that anyone with information on the whereabouts of Durell Watts contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at (281) 341-4665 or Ft. Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers has posted a reward of up to $5,000 for any information leading to the arrest and filing of charges on the suspect responsible for this crime.

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