HOUSTON – Harris County sheriff’s deputies are investigating two related carjacking scenes Tuesday. According to authorities, a man in his 50s was shot during one and a suspect was shot during another.
Investigators said the man fought off two attackers who tried to take his vehicle just before 2 a.m. at a 7-Eleven in the 13000 block of the North Freeway.
According to deputies, the victim was pumping gas when two men approached him and tried to steal his car.
“The gentleman pulled in to get gas. Two men approached him for his vehicle,” Lt. Paul Bruce with Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. “The complainant fought back and was subsequently shot by one of the suspects.”
When authorities arrived, they found the victim with a gunshot wound to his stomach, investigators said. The victim was taken to Ben Taub Hospital and is in stable condition.
About five miles from the first scene, at a gas station located at 11095 Ella Blvd., authorities said a 14-year-old boy got into a vehicle and attempted to steal it. The owner of the vehicle was inside of the convenience store and when he saw, investigators said he hopped into the passenger side. Deputies said the owner and the teen got into a tussle inside of the car. The owner then began firing shots inside of the car and the teen returned fire. The teen was shot and the owner fled the scene, authorities said.
Investigators said when the teen got out of the vehicle and tried to get help after being shot, the owner returned, got inside of his vehicle and drove off. The teen is in critical but stable condition and the driver is still missing, deputies said.
Investigators said multiple carjackers between the ages of 17 and 24 got away.
Authorities said they are trying to get nearby surveillance video from both scenes.
Anyone with information is urged to call Harris County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).