HOUSTON (AP) Authorities say a teenager accused of firing a semi-automatic rifle into a car, igniting fireworks in the vehicle and leaving two child passengers severely burned has been charged with assault.
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Harris County sheriff's officials said Monday that Bayron J. Rivera, 18, surrendered to investigators and is charged with four counts of aggravated assault.
Officials say Rivera unleashed his attack on the car in a fit of road rage July 4, causing the fireworks to erupt and engulf the car in flames.
A 1-year-old child and another child believed to be 1 to 3 years old were seriously hurt.
Their parents also suffered injuries.
Rivera was held Monday in the Harris County jail. Online jail records don't indicate whether he has an attorney to speak on his behalf.
Authorities say the children’s father drove away following the gunfire, but the family was forced to flee the car when flames consumed it.
Passersby took the family to a nearby health clinic and the children were airlifted to a Galveston hospital with severe burns.