Suspect charged in shooting that left man dead, woman injured at Alief lounge after argument over minor crash

HOUSTON – A suspect has been arrested for fatally shooting a man and injuring a woman outside of the after-hours Vienna Lounge in southwest Harris County on Sunday, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the shooting stemmed from a minor crash at around 5 a.m. in the parking lot of the Alief business located at 13600 Bissonnet St.

The suspected shooter, who was identified as Damontez Sharp, 31, was shot by the lounge’s security guard. Sharp was charged with murder in the death of Arkavious Parks, Gonzalez said.

See below to watch the full news conference about the shooting.

Gonzalez said Parks had been involved in an altercation stemming from the alleged minor vehicle crash in the parking lot. Parks was attempting to intervene on behalf of a friend who was arguing with Sharp. The confrontation escalated and investigators said Sharp produced a handgun and then shot Parks. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sharp, who was in critical condition, was shot by a security guard who tried to intervene in the situation, HCSO said. He fled the scene and went to a hospital. He was later detained, Gonzalez said. The security officer is cooperating with investigators and is not being charged for his role in the shooting.

A 26-year-old woman was also shot in the leg while trying to run away from the gunfire. She drove herself to an emergency clinic, was released and is expected to be OK.

The sheriff’s office is not aware if there were other shooters and they are trying to gather more information.

If you know anything about the case, call the sheriff’s office at 713-274-9100 or Crime Stoppers.

Authorities asked people to not visit after-hours lounges because they said there tends to be criminal activity at those places.

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