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HPD Seeks Help In Identifying Suspects In Related Fatal Shootings

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John S. Martinez,(l) Criss Gerald Knight (credit: Houston Police Department)

John S. Martinez,(l) Criss Gerald Knight (credit: Houston Police Department)

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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Houston police homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspects in connection with two related fatal shootings.

Authorities stated that ballistics evidence collected at both crime scenes indicated the same gun was used in the killings of John S. Martinez, 45, on October 13 and Criss Gerald Knight, 50, on November 8.

Officials with HPD offered additional details: “Grieving members of the Knight and Martinez families joined HPD homicide investigators at a news conference [Tuesday] in urging anyone with information on the identity of the suspect(s) responsible to contact Crime Stoppers and be eligible for a reward up to $5,000 in each case. After visiting his brother, Mr. Martinez returned to his home at 7055 Ashburn about 10:05 p.m. He parked his truck in his driveway and was walking to his front door when he was confronted by three unknown males. He was then shot and robbed. The suspects sped away in an unknown vehicle. Mr. Knight was driving his Ford F-250 pickup truck when his path was blocked by an unknown vehicle at the intersection of Duane at Clover. It is believed a passenger in Knight’s truck got out of the vehicle, walked in front of it and then shot Knight. Witnesses said the shooter got into an unknown vehicle, possibly a black pickup truck, and fled. Knight’s truck continued north on Duane, went through a fence, struck two parked cars and then stopped in the front yard of a residence at 8935 Duane.”

Anyone with information about this case is being urged to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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