HOUSTON – Houston police are investigating after a man was fatally shot outside of a gas station in southwest Houston Tuesday night.
Officers said the shooting happened around 8:25 p.m. at 9715 Stella Link Rd.
Authorities said responding officers found the victim unresponsive in the parking lot. Investigators said Houston Fire Department paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
According to investigators, the victim was pumping gas in his vehicle when he was approached by men who shot him multiple times. The suspects then fled the scene in a white truck of unknown make and model, police said.
The shooting has left many in the area pretty shaken.
Diane Calzado, who lives in the area said, “I’m actually very shocked and very upset because nothing like this has ever happened down my street.”
Churches and area businesses were also left disturbed to hear about a deadly shooting happening so close.
Pastor Steve Sargent, with the Southwest Central Church of Christ, said, “The gun violence is crazy these days. And we’re very sad about that and we pray and hope that something can be done.”
“Concerned about the families who live across the street. The schools right around the corner. So yeah, you have to be very concerned about it,” said Rene Hidalgo, who owns Tamales Don Pepe nearby.
Many in the community are now planning to be more vigilant against crime in their area and want others to do the same.
“Most of all be aware of our surroundings. Take nothing for granted. And you can’t nowadays,” Marilyn Lavergne said.
The three suspects were described only as two black males and one unknown individual.
Anyone with information on this shooting is urged to contact the Houston Police Department’s Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.