Man accused of fatally shooting woman charged with murder; victim identified

Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 6:29 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2020 at 7:36 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - A suspect is in custody after a woman was fatally shot Friday evening in a North Waco neighborhood.

The victim, Sakyra Young, 21, was taken to a Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Garen Bynum, a spokesman for the Waco Police Department, said the suspect was arrested at about about 9 p.m.

Michael Matthew Howard, 20, is charged with murder along with an unrelated warrant issued by the Mclennan County Sheriff’s Office, Bynum said.

The shooting was reported at around 6:20 p.m. Friday in the 3100 block of North 29th Street.

The 21-year-old woman was driving a vehicle in which the suspect was riding when the suspect, whom witnesses identified as her boyfriend, exited and opened fire, police said.

After the vehicle crashed into a fence, he fired again, police said. Witnesses said he fled after the shooting.

The suspect was found in a vehicle during a high-risk traffic stop at Lakeshore Dr. and Gholson Road, police confirmed to KWTX late Friday night.

“Michael was found as a passenger in a vehicle that was eventually stopped at the intersection of Gholson Rd and E. Lakeshore Dr. He was hiding under a blanket,” Bynum added.

He was taken into custody without incident.

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