Teen charged in shooting death of southwest Houston restaurant owner

HOUSTON – A 17-year-old was charged Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a restaurant owner in southwest Houston.

Investigators said the teen, who was 16 years old at the time of the shooting, was trying to rob the Wahoo's Fish & Wings near Fondren Road and West Airport Boulevard. During the attempted robbery that took place March 29, police said the teen shot and killed the restaurant's owner Tri Minh Nguyen, 35.

The teen was arrested Monday and is being referred to the Harris County Juvenile Probation. He is facing capital murder charges.

Police said surveillance video showed video of the teen entering the restaurant, wearing brown pants and a gray hoodie. Investigators said the man slid on a ski mask before entering the restaurant.

Upon entering the eatery, the man approached the counter, pulled out a pistol and demanded money, authorities said. According to investigators, Nguyen went to pull out his gun but the teen fired his weapon first.

Nguyen was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.