HOUSTON – Police are investigating after a security guard was shot by a man who was trying to break into a vehicle at an apartment complex, authorities said.
The shooting happened just before 3 a.m. at the Summervale Apartments on Pagewood Lane near Ocee Street in southwest Houston, authorities said.
Authorities said the gunman was breaking into an SUV parked at the apartment complex. The security guard heard the noise and approached the man, who opened fire on the guard, police said.
Police who were already on the scene responding to the burglary said they saw the gunfire and the security guard go down.
The security guard was hit in the chest and elbow, police said. He was rushed to a hospital, authorities said. He is in stable condition and is expected to survive, police said.
Police said the security guard was not on duty and was just trying to do the right thing when the shooting happened.
Authorities also said he does not work at the apartment complex, but they believe he lives there. It is unclear if he was on his way to or from work.
Officers said the gunman fled on foot and he remains at large.
Police have set up a perimeter and are using K9 officers and a helicopter to track him down.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 7013-222-TIPS.