Boss confesses to shooting man while he was showering, police say

HOUSTON – The man accused of shooting a man in the chest while he was in the shower has been arrested. 

Edwin Figueroa was taken into custody after police say the victim identified Figueroa as his boss and shooter before he died.

According to police, Figueroa and the victim had been friends for four years and he was the victim's boss.

Figueroa confessed to the shooting, police said.

The shooting happened around 9:15 p.m. at an apartment complex on South Drive near the West Sam Houston Tollway in southwest Houston, according to authorities.

The victim’s brother identified him as Rafael Serrano, 22.

Police said Serrano was showering when Figueroa broke into his apartment and shot Serrano multiple times before fleeing the scene. 

“I don’t know if he left his door unlocked or was this person already in his house because we don’t see any signs of forced entry at the moment," said Detective Willis Huff, with the Houston Police Department Homicide division.

Serrano managed to crawl out to the parking lot for help, and when police arrived Serrano told them he had been shot by his boss, authorities said. 

A family who also lives in the apartment complex said a man tried to get inside their apartment. 

The family told KPRC2 the person was pulling hard of their gate and when the wife yelled out to ask the man what he wanted, they said he looked scared and shocked saying he had the wrong apartment.

However, the victim's next-door neighbor said he didn't see or hear anything out of the ordinary.

“It’s so strange," said Ado Kpakpovie. "I never heard anything in this apartment. It's cool, that’s why I was so surprised.”

Serrano's brother said he lived at the apartment alone and worked in roofing. 

The brother said he did not know of any issues between Serrano and his boss.

According to police, Serrano was transported to a hospital in serious condition, where he later died.

Investigators are working to determine what led up to the shooting.

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