No suspects in custody after Houston homeowner shot, killed

Police say two gunmen stormed into the north Houston home

HOUSTON - Police said a homeowner is dead and another man is in the hospital after two gunman stormed into a north Houston home.

According to officers, someone called 911 for help around 9:30 p.m. Monday night after shots rang out in the neighborhood in the 900 block of Woodcrest near Brinkman.

Police said two male suspects forced their way into the home and demanded money. The suspects fired their weapons at the two men inside.

When emergency crews arrived they found the homeowner, 31-year-old Richard Cruz, dead at the scene.

"Richard had a family," said neighbor Alyssa Wilkinson. "He was a regular family man. He had two sons, and they would come visit a lot. He was in a wheelchair, and that is sad because no one deserves to get shot like that."

According to Cruz's uncle, Steve Cruz, a shooting several years ago had left Richard Cruz paralyzed from the waist down.

"I'm very upset that a coward would come inside someone's house to do something like that when a man can't defend himself, that he's paralyzed from the waist down," said Steve Cruz.

The other man was shot in the left thigh and taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital. He is expected to recover.

Authorities said one suspect was a black man and the other was a Hispanic man.

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

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