In what has become a growing trend of violence in the Houston area, Law Enforcement Today has learned that a woman was shot to death during a struggle with a man in a parking lot in the south-western Houston suburb of Sugar Land on Sunday afternoon, police said.
According to KPRC, the shooting was reported at 1:15 p.m. CST at the Courtyard by Marriott on Creek Bend Drive.
Witnesses told investigators they saw a man pulling at the woman and that she was resisting, police said. Investigators said the man shot the woman in the head during the struggle.
When officers arrived at the scene, the gunman and an officer exchanged gunfire near the parking lot. It is unknown if either the officer or the suspect was hit in the exchange. Police said the gunman was eventually detained.
Sugar Land police officers attempted to give the woman CPR, but she was pronounced dead at the scene.
No identities or details pertaining to motives or what led to the shooting have been released.
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We have recently reported on the surge in violence in Houston, the nation’s fourth most populous city, trailing only New York City, Los Angeles and just slightly behind Chicago. Sadly, Houston is becoming a mainstay in the news cycles for violence.
Road rage murders and out of control gun violence. What’s going on??
Two people were shot to death this past Thursday during an evening rush-hour shooting on the East Freeway, according to Houston police.
KPRC reported that the shooting was reported around 6 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-10 near the Normandy Street exit.
Police said that two vehicles were involved in a crash just before the shooting. One vehicle struck the other vehicle, which then spun out in the middle of the freeway.
Police say that both occupants got out of the vehicle that did not spin out and at least one of them started firing shots into the other vehicle. As the vehicle rolled down hill, the shooter continued firing as he walked toward the car.
Both occupants of that vehicle, ages 25 and 33, were struck and killed by gunfire, police said. Their identities have not yet been released.
Police said they believe an AR-15 was used by the gunman.
A motorist, who carries a gun for personal protection, saw what was happening and said that when the gunman turned toward him, he feared for his life and fired several shots at the man. Police said he was not sure if he hit the gunman.
The shooter got back in his vehicle and left the scene.
At least two witnesses to the incident performed CPR until emergency responders arrived. They were unable to save either victim.
Police said narcotics were found in the victims’ vehicle.
“Was this a road rage incident and the guys just happen to have narcotics in the car. Was it just an accident that occurred and one driver got mad, because we just don’t know any more,” said Deputy Chief Dobbins.
On Friday, authorities released a rather vague description of the gunman and his vehicle.
According to police, he is described as a Hispanic man in his 20s believed to be around 5 feet 7 inches tall. He was wearing a red shirt and was driving a newer model, four-door sedan.
Police said they have witnesses and are investigating leads.