HOUSTON – Police are still looking for a suspect who shot and killed a woman in front of a bank on Sunday morning.
The incident happened in front of a Chase bank at the 2900 block of Woodridge Drive at around 12:45 a.m.
Police identified the victim as 49-year-old Mary Jane Gonzales.
Investigators with the Houston Police Homicide Division said an off-duty HPD officer was working an extra shift across the street on Gulf Freeway when he heard shots being fired. Once he arrived at the scene, he saw a person believed to be the suspect standing next to a body of a woman.
The HPD officer called paramedics to render aid to the female but she was declared dead at the scene, investigators say. The woman was found with a gunshot wound to the head.
“She did not deserve to die the way she did in the cowardly way that they killed her,” said Mary Jane’s husband Hector. “She was a good woman. She was a good person.”
The officer told investigators he chased the suspect on foot, but he had a head start and was able to get in a light-colored four-door sedan and flee the scene.
Investigators are still trying to find the motive of the shooting, but they believe it was an attempted robbery.
Police described the suspect as a male wearing a dark hoodie with blue lettering on the front.
Police released surveillance video an image of the suspect in the hope that someone will recognize the man.
UPDATE: Surveillance video clip of the wanted suspect, a black male wearing a dark hoodie with blue lettering.— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 19, 2021
If you know his identity, call HPD Homicide 713-308-3600 or anonymous tip @CrimeStopHOU 713-222-TIPS for reward up to $5K leading to his arrest/charges. #hounews 1/2 https://t.co/XfIpEPKeff pic.twitter.com/bO8nMOrHkL
Surveillance photo of the suspect (with victim). 2/2 pic.twitter.com/AXqtXDieAk— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) October 19, 2021
Anyone with information is asked to call the Houston Police Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
Hector also made a plea to the community for anyone with information about what happened to come forward.