An Atascocita High School student who was arrested for shooting another student may have been involved in another earlier shooting that ended in a fatality. Law enforcement officials could not confirm or deny that Mikael Neciosup, then 14, was questioned in the incident as he was a juvenile at the time, but it occurred in the house where Neciosup lives.
That all changed at approximately 6:30 p.m., on Jan. 31, when Neciosup, now 17, allegedly shot a 16-year-old boy in the parking lot of Atascocita High School.
According to statements from police, Neciosup and the victim, both of whom are Atascocita High School students, were engaged in a drug sale when Neciosup shot the other student for trying to take a small amount of marijuana without paying for it. The victim was shot in the hip and foot but was talking and alert after the shooting, according to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Neciosup fled the scene but not before witnesses got a description of the vehicle he was driving: a red Chevrolet Impala. Thanks to the help of those witnesses, Neciosup was apprehended during a traffic stop early the next morning at approximately 12:44 a.m. by Humble Police Officer Cliff Goddard. The gun used in the shooting was in Neciosup’s possession and was recovered at the time of the traffic stop. Police declined to comment on how Neciosup obtained the gun.
There was another 16-year-old in the car with Neciosup who is reported to have not been involved. Neciosup has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and bond was set at $40,000, according to public records.
The arrest was the result of a concerted effort between Humble ISD, the sheriff’s office, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s office, and City of Humble Police. He had been charged with drug possession only a month earlier and was out of jail on a personal bond at the time of the arrest.
Neciosup has a long history of disciplinary problems, and although he is 17 years old and should be at least a junior, he is classified as a freshman. He has been placed in alternative disciplinary settings multiple times. The image of a bad boy is one that the alleged shooter embraces. He bragged about the incident on his social media pages, saying, “I’m a real gangsta.” Neciosup apparently made the video while the police were at his door. “I got like 12 cops outside ‘bout to kick in my sh**,” he said.
His words to the victim contained a confession and a challenge, “Hey, for the n***er that got shot, all your lil’ homeboys saying they gon’ ** me, ya’ll finna kill me. Do it! Yeah, I shot your home boy ‘cause he tried to rob me for 7 grams,” he taunted. The video was used by law enforcement to confirm Neciosup’s identity and will certainly be used as part of the evidence against him. Gonzalez said, “I know there have been some questions, and [yes] it’s the same individual that has been posting on Snapchat.”
The home where Neciosup resides is no stranger to violence either. The residence, located in the 18000 block of Yaupon Trail, was the scene of another shooting that took place in 2015 during which a 16-year-old male died as a result of gunshot wounds. A 14-year-old boy was questioned in that shooting, and while it is undetermined whether the 14-year-old and Neciosup are one and the same, Neciosup would have been 14 at the time the incident occurred.
While Neciosup is said to have a string of disciplinary infractions in his history, according to an 11th grade classmate who wishes to remain anonymous, the victim is no saint either. According to the source, he is a junior varsity football player, is a heavy marijuana user, and is known for frequently buying the drug. “[He] smokes a lot of marijuana if you look at his social media site,” she said. The classmate also reports of prior history between the victim and the alleged shooter. “[He] and Mike had this problem before,” said the classmate.
Although the shooting took place in the school parking lot after school hours, there were at least 85 students on the campus participating in various extracurricular activities, according to Humble ISD. The students were kept safe inside the building while police secured the area.
Shanitra Winslow, an Atascocita High School parent, applauds the district for its efforts in keeping parents informed. Winslow, the mother of a junior at the school, said notice informing parents of the incident came fairly quick.
“The school sent an email about 45 minutes to an hour after everything happened. I think the time frame was really good. They’ve done a great job of keeping us in the loop. They’ve done a good job of responding and giving us information,” said Winslow.
Humble ISD Board member Dr. Charles Cunningham stated that the district began working aggressively more than nine months ago to ensure they could respond effectively in the event of a school shooting. Their efforts included active shooter drills and other preparedness measures and is ongoing. The preparedness work group is comprised of district police and all local law enforcement agencies within the Humble ISD boundaries.
The district also implemented a “see something, say something” app called iHelp that allows people to make anonymous reports. The app was used to make the report about the shooting and was instrumental in the investigation. Humble ISD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen expressed gratitude to the iHelp informant. “Whoever is the iHelp tipster out there we need to thank them also,” she said. “To have the opportunity for people to give us information directly has made a real difference multiple times since the inception of iHelp.”
Members of law enforcement and the district are to be commended for their efforts; however, the student mentioned earlier who did not want to be named said while she was not on the campus at the time the shooting occurred, the fact that it occurred was frightening and she did not go to school the following day. When asked how she felt about the shooting, the teen replied, “School used to be a safe place, but now anything can happen. No matter how much security they have, they’re not going to be able to prevent everything.”
She wasn’t the only one who didn’t go to school the following day. According to the school district, approximately 1,650 students were absent from AHS. The district told parents on Thursday night that absences on Feb. 1 would not count against students for exam exemptions, understanding that some families would choose to keep their children home because the incident was unusual and upsetting. The school provided extra counselors on Friday and about 50 students chose to visit with them, the district reported.
“We understand that difficult events are not over when the news coverage ends,” Fagen said. “During times like these, we remember that Humble ISD is family, and our priority is to provide continuous support to our students, staff and community, for as long as it takes, to work through the situation.”