Man shot, killed by security guard inside Whataburger after open firing inside, police say

By Megan Kennedy - Digital News Editor, Taisha Walker - Reporter

HOUSTON - A security guard shot and killed a man who opened fire inside a Whataburger in southwest Houston Saturday, according to Houston police.

Investigators said the shooting was reported around 12:45 a.m. near the intersection of West Bellfort Avenue and Braes Ridge Drive. 

Witnesses told police a 35-year-old man entered the restaurant with his face partially covered and began shooting, Houston police said. The man walked toward the cash register as he fired the gun, police said. 

Police said witnesses inside at the time believed it was a robbery. A 32-year-old security guard was seated in the back of the restaurant and saw the gunman.

The security guard returned fire, striking the suspect at least twice, according to investigators. 

As the suspect left the business, he continued shooting at customers, according to witnesses. Police said he ultimately died in the parking lot. Police said no other person was injured in the shooting.

“Who goes and tries to rob a Whataburger?" said customer Bri Aunna Nance. "What are your intentions? It’s like he wasn't even going for the money. He was there to kill someone because even after the fact that we were out the store he still was shooting at us.”

Investigators said the case will go to the grand jury for referral. 

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