HOUSTON – A northwest Harris County woman still can't believe her car was caught in the crossfire of Friday's shootout just minutes before she walked out of the Memorial City Mall.
Taylor, who didn't want her full name used, had been shopping with a friend when she walked outside and saw the parking lot packed with police officers, then approached her car, which was nearby.
"I'm talking (to) the cop like, 'Hey, you know that's my car. Can I go ahead and move? I don't have anything to with anything that's going on,'' she recalls. "And he's like, 'No, you can't move. Your car's a part of the investigation at this point."
The shooting began after a group of men approached two other men and demanded a gold chain one was wearing. When they refused to give up the jewelry they went to the parking lot where the group fired seven shots. Four of those shots hit Taylor's car. The part-time student, who also works, now is looking at repairs costing perhaps more than $1,000.
"Definitely frustrating because, like I said, I didn't have anything to do with that," she said. "It sucks to have to deal with the damages for someone else's actions."
In the end though, she's happy she didn't walk to her car five minutes sooner on the day of the shooting.
"The first thing that went through my mind was, 'Man we were just coming to the car,'" she said. "We could've definitely been backing up when it happened. Instead of that being the back of the car it could've been the front of the car. I'm very thankful for that."