Father shot, killed at home near 3 children

Police believe victim knew shooter

HOUSTON - A father of three was shot and killed at his home in southwest Houston.

The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Friday at a home on Portsmouth Street near Hazard Street.

Alex Borton said she didn't hear gunshots, but saw police and crime tape surround her neighbors home.

"We didn't hear anything until police started showing up and people were running around," said Borton. "It was scary."

Houston police said 35-year-old Ashley Rowell, a former owner of Duff Beer Distribution based in Pasadena, was shot to death.

"They were with the children, and there was some kind of knock or door bell ringing," said Sgt. Brian Harris with Houston Police Department's Homicide Unit. "He opened up the door and was shot in door way."

Police said Rowell's wife and three children were home, along with two other children who were sleeping over.

Investigators said they might have seen him lying lifeless in the home. Rowell's wife and 8-year-old son called 911.

Police said they believe this was not a random shooting.

"We can never be completely sure, but all indications are is that this going to be some type of scene where assailant knew the victim," said Sgt. Harris.

Neighbors, friends and colleges said they are remembering Rowell as a kind and a nice man. Rowell's brother-in-law is an HPD officer who responded to the scene.

Police said they have suspects, but no arrests have been made. They may be members of the family.

According to police, one of victim's family members was suing Rowell because they felt like they weren't getting their fair share of money.

If you have any information that might help police call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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