Carjacking kills 3-year-old, injures baby brother By ANITA HASSAN HOUSTON CHRONICLE March 22, 2010, 11:39AM Eric Kayne Chronicle A man with a semi-automatic rifle opened fire on a family's vehicle during an attempted carjacking at a north Houston apartment complex on Sunday, killing a 3-year-old girl and injuring her 1-year-old brother. The family was getting into a car to leave the Live Oak Bend complex, 1351 Greens Parkway, around 1:30 p.m. when the armed man approached the father and demanded the keys to the late-model Pontiac Grand Prix. Before the father could remove the keys from the ignition and as he pleaded for his family's safety, the gunman fired shots at the car, police said. They had to take his baby's life for a car, cried 24-year-old Carmella Williams, a cousin of the father. Police said the shooting suspect is black, in his mid-20s, between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot-11 and weighs between 140 and 160 pounds and had bushy, matted hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts at the time of the attack. The other suspect, a black male in his mid-20s and around 5-foot-6, weighs more than 200 pound, was dressed in a black T-shirt, black shorts and a black cap, police said. The 3-year-old was taken to Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Initial reports indicated the girl was four years old, but police today said she was three. The boy was taken to another area hospital and is expected to recover. This is a pretty brutal crime, Houston Police Department Homicide Division Sgt. John Roberts said. This is pretty ugly. Grieving relatives mourned the loss of the happy little girl, who they say had sunny disposition and a sweet tooth for candy and juice. I had just seen her two days ago, Williams said. I just played with her and now she's gone. Rims possibly the motive Williams noted that her cousin's car may have been targeted for its expensive rims. She was frustrated that witnesses in the apartment complex, where the family recently moved, weren't immediately providing police with more information about the killing, which happened in broad daylight. Police said a second suspect may have involved, and that a burgundy mid-1990s Ford Taurus and blue mid-1990s Buick LeSabre were seen leaving the parking lot. Unfortunately a (3-year-old) girl lost her life in this case a child who had not had the full experience to go to the zoo or McDonald's or even school, HPD Homicide Division officer Ramon Cervantes Jr. said. We're asking specifically the residents of this apartment complex, and anyone else for that matter, to come forward with information about this case. Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. firstname.lastname@example.org Chronicle writer Dale Lezon contributed to this report.