HCSO: Father of 6 gunned down moments after leaving apartment in northwest Harris County

HOUSTON – A man was shot and killed outside of his apartment early Monday morning, deputies with Harris County Sheriff’s Office say.

It happened at the 12400 block of Antoine Drive near Veterans Memorial Drive in northwest Harris County at around 7:30 a.m.

Family members identified the man as 44-year-old Benigno Campos Salamanca. He is a father of 6, according to family members.

Deputies with Harris County Sheriff’s Office said the shooter was wearing a mask and approached Campos Salamanca in the parking lot in front of his apartment. After a discussion, the suspect fired at Campos Salamanca, hitting him in the stomach.

Campos Salamanca died at the scene, according to deputies.

The suspect who fired at the man fled before deputies arrived.

Xiamara Saravea, Campos Salamanca’s ex-wife told KPRC 2 reporter Sofia Ojeda that her ex-husband was just headed to work when the shooting occurred. She believes he may have been targeted after she says he received threats “a few months back.”

“I don’t know what to do,” she said in Spanish.

Deputies say the masked man jumped into the back seat of a white four-door sedan and took off.

Investigators are still processing the case and are talking to witnesses and scouring the area for surveillance footage.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

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