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2 wanted in robbery, shooting pregnant woman at Katz Boutique in NE Houston

HOUSTON – Houston police are asking for the public's help to find two men wanted in a Christmas Eve robbery and shooting a pregnant woman at Katz Boutique in northeast Houston.

According to police, the armed duo went into the adult store in the 14700 block of Eastex Freeway with their faces covered, and demanded money and property from the employee.

VIDEO: 2 caught on camera in Katz boutique robbery, shooting

Employee Paxton Webb, 23, did everything they asked.

Police said the robbers opened the door to the cashier booth and demand money from Webb. Police said she obeyed every command, helping to pull out the cash drawer and the safe. Police said she even handed them the money.

They stole between $5,000 and $6,000, but didn't stop there.

"She was shot in the back. While she was complying with the guys committing the robbery," investigator Jeremy Spurlock said.

The video doesn't show it, but right after the robber in the black jacket shot Webb, who is pregnant, in the back when she wasn't looking, police said.

"In the times that I've been in robbery (situation), this is one of the most obvious acts of cowardice that I have seen," Spurlock said.

Police said Webb and her baby are expected to survive, but she has become paralyzed, possibly permanently.

Investigators said they have no idea why the suspects shot her, which is why they want to find them before they hurt another person.

"These people need to be caught. Because if don't get stopped soon, they are going to kill somebody," Spurlock said.

There is a benefit planned for Webb on Jan. 21 at Horseshoe Lounge in New Caney.

If you have any information on this crime, you're asked to call police, or you can remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.  

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