Triple shooting outside north Houston strip club leaves 2 men dead, 1 hurt

Attempted robbery turns to gunfire

An investigation was underway after two men were shot and killed, and another left wounded, outside a north Houston strip club early Friday, according to the Houston Police Department.

Officers responded to reports of a shooting in the 1000 block of West Rankin Road at around 2 a.m.

HPD Assistant Chief Chandra Hatcher said the three men, who appeared to be intoxicated, were walking towards the cabaret, only to be turned away by a security guard at the door as they were shutting down for the night.

As the men walked back to their vehicles, two suspects approached them and began demanding money, police said.

The men refused, and that was when police said one of the suspects pulled out a gun and started shooting at them. All three men, who appeared to be unarmed, were hit.

The men, who appeared to be in their mid-30s, were rushed to an area hospital where two of them later died. A third man remains hospitalized in an unknown condition.

Tania Solorzano rushed to the scene looking for answers after learning her boyfriend was with the surviving man last night.

“He hasn’t called me, he hasn’t texted me,” she said. “His last text was at 11:54 p.m., after that, I don’t know.”

Police said two black-colored SUVs were seen leaving the area, but it’s unclear if they were involved.

Investigators were reviewing surveillance video from the strip club for leads.

“Thanks to the city ordinance that has recently passed, there is surveillance footage and this business is in compliance so that information will be very helpful with piecing together with what occurred,” said Asst. Chief Hatcher.

Solorzano hopes for more answers.

“I’m devastated. I don’t even know how I’m going to find out what happened to them,” she said.

Anyone with information in the case is asked to call HPD Homicide Division at 713-308--3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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