TODAY   |  March 15, 2014

Dad fatally shoots boy in daughter’s room

Police say a Texas father shot and killed a boy he found in his daughter's bedroom in the middle of the night. It will be up to a Houston-area grand jury to decide if charges will be filed. NBC’s Charles Hadlock reports.

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>>> we do begin, though, this half hour with a serious story out of texas, where police say a man shot and killed a teenage boy he found in his daughter's bedroom in the middle of the night . here's charles hadlock.

>> reporter: the family of 17-year-old johran mccormick cannot understand how or why he died.

>> he didn't have no weapons. he's not that type of kid. no play guns, no water guns , no bb guns , no nothing.

>> reporter: mccormick was shot and killed while secretly visiting a 16-year-old girl in this home north of houston. the girl's father told investigators that he heard noises coming from his daughter's bedroom around 2:30 in the morning. when he went to investigate, he found mccormick and his daughter in her room. police say she initially denied knowing the boy. the father called 911. but before police arrived, the man told investigators the boy appeared to reach for something.

>> there was some type of altercation, and the father shot the male one time.

>> he didn't have to shoot him. he didn't have to shoot him in the head.

>> reporter: it turns out, mccormick and the girl were friends. police say she let mccormick into the house and sneaked him into her bedroom.

>> he is not a stranger. we don't know that the father knew him or not.

>> reporter: the father was taken to a local hospital suffering from what police say was a panic attack following the shooting. no charges have been filed. the sheriff's department says the case will be presented to a grand jury .

>> if his life's just going to be taken away by something like this, it hurts. it hurts.

>> reporter: now, instead of enjoying spring break, mccormick 's family is planning his funeral. for "today," charles hadlock, nbc news.