HOUSTON – A man unloading groceries in the parking lot of a grocery store near Meyerland was shot and carjacked. Now he's speaking with KPRC 2 News to warn others.
At age 65, Charles Molina thought his days of putting up his fists had come to an end.
But Tuesday afternoon, as he sat dressed in a hospital gown in a wheelchair, Molina described how he recently had to fight for his life.
Molina said he was unloading groceries into his car outside the Kroger at 10306 South Post Oak Road and West Bellfort at around 2 a.m. Friday when two men suddenly ambushed him.
"I know for a fact they were going to kill me," Molina said.
He said he started fighting back to protect himself and that is when one of the men shot him in the stomach.
"These guys came at me real fast," Molina said. "They were young and they were very aggressive."
After Molina was shot, the two men stole his 2014 Nissan Sentra, along with the keys to his house and his credit cards.
"I have a lot of faith and I believe by the grace of God I'm still alive," he said.
Molina was taken to Ben Taub Hospital, where he stayed for five days. On Tuesday afternoon, he was transported to a rehabilitation center in Pearland.
He said he hopes his experience teaches other people to be aware of their surroundings.
"You need to be aware and quit playing with your phones, quit playing with whatever is distracting you because these young men are not children, they know what they're going to do," Molina said.
Police have not found Molina's vehicle or the two men who attacked him. Anyone with information is asked to call Houston police.