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A Family Was Burned When A Man Shot At Their Car, Igniting Fireworks, After A Road Rage Incident

The suspect in the Houston incident remains at large.

Posted on July 5, 2019, at 1:37 p.m. ET

ABC13 Houston / Via abc13.com

A road rage shooting in Houston on the Fourth of July set a family pickup truck full of fireworks ablaze, leaving two parents and two young children hospitalized with extensive burns.

The incident began when the family's father got into an argument Thursday evening at a gas station with another man, who pulled a gun on him, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

As the father drove away with his wife and two children, the man fired shots into the truck.

At least one of the bullets then struck the fireworks, setting off the explosives and engulfing the vehicle in flames.

#BREAKING 4 burned after road rage shooting causes fireworks to ignite in car: https://t.co/82C2lNUuae #kprc2 #hounews

Both parents were burned, while the children, 1 and 2 years old, were being treated for extensive burns, according to KTRK-TV.

The kids required helicopter flights from the scene.

Surveillance video shows the vehicle - possibly a 2016-18 Ford Explorer - involved in the July 4 road rage incident that set off fireworks that consumed the cab of a family's pickup. Please call 713-274-9100 or @CrimeStopHOU at 713-222-TIPS. https://t.co/idXhMWbh4C #HouNews

Police officials credited good samaritans with stopping to rescue the family by pulling them out of the burning car.

The shooter, who fled the scene in a car, was also with children, according to sightings.

He was still at large as of lunchtime Friday, and there were no further updates on the case, a spokesperson for the Sheriff's Office told BuzzFeed News in an email.

FLAMES FROM FIREWORKS: The Harris County Sheriff's Office says a family of 4 was badly burned after their truck caught on fire. Someone shot at them, and the fireworks they had in their vehicle exploded! https://t.co/ybRSkzgSag

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