Young boys drive car to safety after father shot dead on Texas freeway

Two Texas boys drove their car a mile to safety after their father was fatally shot while driving on a freeway Friday night, authorities said.

The incident occurred on the Eastern Highway, near I-10 and Federal Road, in Houston He told the Houston Police Department.

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Police said the two boys, ages 6 and 8, thought a rock hit their vehicle before they saw their father fall behind the wheel, local media reported. The boys reportedly grabbed the steering wheel and drove the SUV to the main lanes of the highway for about a mile and onto a road. They rushed for help once the SUV stopped.

Police said the father died at the scene. The boys were not injured, according to KHOU-TV.

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The details of the circumstances that led to the shooting were unclear.

“We don’t know if it was road rage or if it was someone trying to get these people,” Lt. R. Willkens told KTRK-TV. “So pray for your family. The kids are safe right now.”

Descriptions of a suspect or vehicle were not immediately published.