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Woman shot while stealing pickup from SW Houston motel, police say

HOUSTON – A woman was shot Tuesday while she stole a pickup outside a motel in southwest Houston, according to police.

The shooting was reported about 4 a.m. at the Pearl Inn at the corner of Beltway 8 and West Bellfort Avenue.

Houston police said the man who owned the pickup arrived at the motel in the truck along with the woman, identified as 33-year-old Christina McCardell. The man had walked inside the motel to get a room when McCardell jumped in the driver’s seat and drove away, police said. The owner ran outside, pulled out his gun and fired several shots at the truck, police said.

VIDEO: Surveillance video of shooting outside motel

Police said McCardell, who was shot in the leg, drove the pickup about a block down the feeder road, where she ran a red light and crashed into a car. McCardell tried to get away by running to a gas station on the other side of the freeway, police said.

Both McCardell and the 63-year-old woman who was driving the car were taken to a hospital for treatment. Both of them were said to be in stable condition.

Police said the man who fired the shots was taken into custody. A grand jury will decide if he will be charged, police said.

Investigators said the pickup was hit by at least three gunshots.

McCardell has a long criminal history, including 18 arrests since 2003. According to her record from the Texas Department of Transportation, her most recent arrests were on charges of prostitution, unauthorized use of a vehicle and theft.

Christina McCardell is seen in this Feb. 10, 2018 mugshot provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Christina McCardell is seen in this Feb. 10, 2018 mugshot provided by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

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