KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
April 26, 2023
By Katy Magazine Editors
A Katy mother of three was killed in a drive-by shooting Tuesday night in her Morton Ranch home. After reports of Katy ISD’s Stockdick Junior High being a potential target, the District responded citing misinformation of threats and assured parents that increased security is onsite and that student safety is a priority.
Drive-By Shooting in Morton Ranch
Shots were heard last night around 11:00 p.m. on Winchester Ranch Trail near Morton Ranch Road. This morning, Harris County Sheriff’s Office detectives responded to a call at the 3000 block of Winchester Ranch Trail where they found a 46-year-old woman deceased by gunshot wounds. The woman was found by her 19-year-old son in their home.
Authorities report that the victim’s 11-year-old twins were home at the time of the shooting. Detectives believe that the woman heard something outside and got up to check when she was shot near her window.
Multiple shots were fired on the home specifically at an upstairs bedroom. Authorities are actively investigating the shooting and looking at area surveillance for a description of the vehicle.
Katy ISD Responds
Stockdick Junior High principal Tanya Carrejo sent an email out to parents and staff Wednesday morning in response to the crime and misinformation circulating about it that implied that the Katy ISD junior high was a target for violence. She assured families that student safety is a priority that that Katy ISD police has assigned additional security to the school.
Dear SJH Parents/Guardians and Staff,
Yesterday evening a tragic incident impacted one of our dear families. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of misinformation circulating about the incident, including a rumor that our school will be targeted with violence. I want to reassure our parents that Katy ISD Police are aware of the rumored threat and have investigated the matter. Any individual found to be responsible for the rumored threat will face disciplinary consequences in accordance with the Katy ISD Discipline Management Plan and Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, the Katy ISD Police has assigned additional officers to patrol the areas near our campus today.
The safety of our students is our utmost priority. We encourage parents to help our students understand the serious implications that can result from inappropriate comments and social media posts.
I also ask our parents, students, and staff to keep the family impacted in your thoughts and prayers. Counselors are also available at our school today for any student or staff who may wish to talk to someone.
Thank you for your support and patience as the rumored threat was investigated.
Tanya Carrejo Principal Stockdick Junior High
If anyone has any information on this, please contact Harris County Sheriff’s Office at 713-755-6044.