HOUSTON TX July 30 2016– A shoot-out in Houston has left a security officer dead.
Authorities have identified the security guard they said was killed during a shootout at a northwest Houston strip mall Thursday afternoon.
Police say that a retail space in the strip mall appeared to be an inconspicuous vacant shop that reads “for lease” was anything but.
A peak inside the back door shows a row of gaming machines; authorities said this is game room and the person working security is now dead.
“This business has only been open for a few months. And it’s unfortunate that someone comes in here a takes the life of another for nothing,” Todd Colbert, a detective with Houston Police Homicide, said.
Authorities said around 3:15 Thursday afternoon someone came in to rob the place and ended up getting into a shootout with the security officer who is now identified by Houston police as 34-year-old Pedro Garcia.
I saw a Hispanic lady, she came to my store saying, ‘I’m scared, I’m scared.’ I asked her why. She said, ‘We got robbed, we got robbed over there, another store owner said.
Both the gunman and Garcia were hit. Garcia was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he later died.
Garcia’s death has left the businesses at this shopping strip shaken.
The gunman, who police said was hit in the leg, was able to get away with another person who was waiting in a truck. Police are still looking for the pair.