Teen charged with murder but not the triggerman in Houston high-rise elevator shooting

HOUSTON, Texas – An 18-year-old has been charged with murder in connection with a deadly shooting in a Third Ward high-rise apartment elevator. However, authorities have stated that the accused did not pull the trigger.

According to court documents, 18-year-old Larry Holmes was involved in coaching a 16-year-old on how to commit armed robbery, instructing the younger individual to point a gun at two people and rob them. Houston police stated that on December 12th, around 11:30 pm, the 16-year-old followed Holmes’ instructions and attempted to rob two men in the elevator at the Haven at Elgin apartments on Elgin Street. The situation escalated, leading to the 16-year-old being shot and killed by the men.

Records show that Holmes has a history of previous charges, including aggravated robbery, evading arrest, and unlawfully carrying a weapon. His bond has been set at $275,000. Additionally, criminal records indicate that Holmes has multiple priors, including a separate aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon case.

The incident serves as a tragic reminder of the potentially fatal consequences of engaging in criminal activity, as well as the importance of addressing the root causes of such behavior within communities. This case also highlights the complexity of addressing issues related to youth involvement in violence and criminal behavior, emphasizing the need for comprehensive strategies to prevent and address such incidents. As the legal process unfolds, further details may emerge regarding the circumstances surrounding this case.