Homeless man found shot in the head outside furniture store in west Houston, HPD says; Suspect on the run

HOUSTON – A man who was sleeping outside was reportedly found with a deadly gunshot wound to the head overnight Tuesday, according to police.

Sergeant Michael Cass with the Houston Police Department says the shooting happened on the city’s west side near the Castle Furniture store which is located in the 3800 block of Fondren Road near Westpark.

According to Cass, a witness called police around 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and stated that there was a homeless man laying outside, who they believed needed medical attention.

When units arrived at the scene, they say officers found shell casings from a gun before finding the man’s body, which had a gunshot wound to the head.

Cass says during the course of the investigation, they were able to get quality surveillance footage from the store which shows how the entire situation played out.

Authorities say the footage shows the victim laying down outside next to some cardboard around 9 p.m. Tuesday.

The suspected shooter was seen running up to where the victim slept around midnight. He was then seen on camera reaching over some type of wall while standing on a short box.

Cass says the suspect let off one shot before quickly running away, heading southbound towards Westpark Drive.

Investigators say the suspect was seen walking through the area earlier that day prior to the shooting.

“From what I see on camera, he’s definitely a dangerous person,” Cass said. “[But] it looks like a random act of violence.”

The wanted suspect is described as a young man, between 18 to 25 years old, wearing light-colored sweatpants and a dark-colored hoodie. He also had on white tennis shoes and was carrying a black backpack.

Cass says HPD will be releasing the surveillance video in the coming days.

If you have any information on this case, you’re asked to contact HPD or Crime Stoppers Houston at (713) 222-TIPS.

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