The mother of an 11-year-old boy was ambushed and killed. Gunned down with a hail of bullets as soon as she got out of her car. Nobody seems to have any idea why but the way it was carried out sure makes it look like an intentional assassination. The suburban Houston, Texas neighborhood will never seem the same. Cops are hoping for tips on the suspect who took off in a “dark-colored sedan.”
Ambushed after work
Whoever set this up knew the regular routine of 31-year-old Valeesha Duncan well enough to have her ambushed. The Harris County Sheriff’s office would love to know who and why. For now, they don’t have a whole lot to go on. “The only information we have is a dark color vehicle pulled up,” someone “got out and shot approximately 50 rounds at her.”
Major Susan Cotter relates that Duncan pulled into the garage and “was able to exit the vehicle.” That’s as far as she got. She “was found deceased in the garage” on Tuesday, August 17.
Police note that “No one was at the home at the time of the 5:30 a.m. shooting.” When Deputies got there, they “discovered Duncan’s body in the garage next to her car, which had bullet holes in the windows.”
She had clearly been ambushed intentionally. Just like every other morning, Duncan was arriving home from work at Club Onyx, “an area strip club.” The garage door went up, she pulled in, parked, got out, and was blasted.
The Sheriff’s department verified that she had been struck “multiple times and pronounced deceased” after getting ambushed.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez restated the obvious for the cameras, “an adult female has been shot multiple times and pronounced deceased. It appears she pulled up in her garage when unknown suspects opened fire.” They believe there was only one shooter.
Neighbors heard the shots
The deputies arrived at the home, located in the 18700 block of Appletree Hill Lane. They got there around 5:25 a.m. and tried to render aid to the ambushed victim but it was too late. “So far, there are no suspects or theories on why this happened.” For now, the Sheriff and his crew “do not suspect this to be a case of domestic violence.”
They had a nice chat with her ex and he seems concerned, helpful and cooperative. Their son is stunned speechless. Police are respectfully wondering what he hasn’t told them yet but there will be time for that later.
The boy’s father, Timothy Richard, “grew up with Duncan,” and “still calls her his best friend.” He’s as clueless as to why the shooting happened as the police.
“It’s got to be something else behind this. She’s not like that. She don’t get into any altercations. Like I said, she’s a very sweet person.” He’s concerned about the whole thing, especially the impact on his 11-year-old son. Richard notes, he hasn’t “processed” the shooting death of his mother. “He just told me has has mixed emotions right? I mean, he’s a kid.” He wouldn’t know why his mom was ambushed. Would he?
Neighbors reported hearing the gunshots, “Bonnie” says it sounded like “a machine gun to me.” Giana Delaney heard the gunfire but was scared to look out the window. “I was shaking,” she said. “I was scared, scared. I didn’t want to look out the window, because I didn’t know if they were going to come back and do it again.”
Block captain Rhonda Thornton commented that having people ambushed in their driveway is a little unusual. Even for a neighborhood not far from the West Houston Airport. “I feel safe living here. I never worry about closing my eyes. We mostly have just a few things going on, maybe unlocked cars getting broken into, something getting stolen out of a garage, but other than that, nothing like this.” Assassination is not something that happens every day.