HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating a shooting they said left five people injured at a hookah lounge on Washington Avenue Tuesday.
Investigators said the shooter fired a rifle around 1:45 a.m. outside the Azuza Hookah Bar and Lounge.
Authorities said victims Roderick Sims, 21, Rashad Samples, 26, Joey Perryman, 20, and Lauren Ehlers, 28, all suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds. A fifth victim, Yevette Cano, 21, suffered gunshot fragments to the arm. Police said they are all expected to recover from their injuries.
According to investigators, a security guard at the bar had denied access to three men. It is believed, in retaliation, they returned to the club and shot at the location, striking the victims. The men were inside a black sedan, police said.
This shooting happened in an area that is already on edge due to recent gun violence.
“Our biggest concern is the uptick in crime, violent crime,” said Stacie Fairchild, the vice president of Super Neighborhood 22 which includes the Washington Corridor area. “We are going to see more people killed, more people injured.”
KPRC 2 has previously reported on a shooting at Clé nightclub where people were shot and killed inside over Memorial Day weekend.
Around the same time, armed robbers had customers on the ground at the CVS on Washington Avenue.