A family of four was targeted in an apparent road rage shooting in Houston, Texas, that ignited fireworks in their car. Two young children suffered “extensive” burns and their parents were also injured.
The incident happened back on July 4 and two months after the shooting the family is still recovering at Shriner’s Hospital in Galveston, according to KHOU 11 News.
All of them have a long road to recovery.
The father, Reginald Smith recalls that night.
“I’m just in this clouded cab with the fireworks going off,” he said.
His 1-year-old baby and 2-year-old child, Bentley and Messiah, burned throughout their bodies as they sat strapped in their car seat.
“My 2-year-old Messiah is so tough,” said Smith. “He was just crying saying ‘I’m burning, I’m burning.’”
Eighteen-year-old Bayron Rivera surrendered to deputies a couple of days later and was charged with several counts of aggravated assault.
According to investigators, the Smith family had just bought fireworks from a Fiesta in the 1700 block of West Mount Houston. As they were leaving the parking lot, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Smith cut Rivera off. Rivera reportedly pulled up alongside the family’s car at a gas station where the two drivers exchanged words.
Rivera reportedly later fired a gun at the family’s vehicle, which started the fire.