Houston police say a man was killed Thursday night after trying to intervene as a group of men tried to shoot his neighbor.
Police responded to a call about a shooting at an apartment complex after 9 p.m. and found the 23-year-old victim with gunshot wounds, according to a Friday news release from the city. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Officers were informed that there had been an argument between several armed suspects and a couple. The victim allegedly intervened in an attempt to defuse the situation. The suspects opened fire and struck the victim multiple times,” said the Houston Police Department. stated in the press release.
The identity of the victim is still pending until his family is notified by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, police said.
Local news station KTRK reported that police said the group went to the apartment complex intending to shoot another man and that he remained in the apartment for 30 minutes with guns. fire arms.
“From what we’re told, he walked there, actually got between [the] gunmen and their intended target and a few other people who were there,” Houston Police Lt. R. Willkens said, according to the news station. “He was telling them, from what I understand, some of our witnesses told us that he said, ‘If you all want to fight, fight, but raise your arms. Obviously, they didn’t. it is he who has taken the hit of all the blows.”
It is unclear why the group was targeting the other man.
A Houston Police Department spokesperson directed Newsweek Friday’s press release, and said no one has been arrested in connection with the shooting.
In a separate incident last month, a passerby was shot inside a Walmart when a fight between two women inside the store ended in a gunshot and missed its target .
“The suspect appears to have missed the intended target and struck the victim, who was unrelated to the altercation. Both women involved in the altercation fled before police arrived,” Sgt. Philip Krynsky. Newsweek at the time.
The woman suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
Last weekend, a shooting at a party in Virginia left seven injured and one dead. A total of six people were shot and two suffered “non-gunshot injuries” during the event where 50 to 100 people attended.
Meanwhile, Cincinnati police said this week that a fired employee shot a manager at a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant after trying to get his job back. The suspect, Angel Kidd, has been arrested for felony assault.
“After learning that she would not be rehired, she started fighting the store manager in the parking lot. During the fight (Kidd) pulled out a gun and shot the store manager in the leg left. (She) fled in a blue. SUV,” police said, according to Fox 19.