2 charged with capital murder in security guard shooting at game room

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HOUSTON - Capital murder charges have been filed against two people in connection to a deadly shooting at a southwest Houston game room.

The shooting occurred at around 12:30 p.m. on March 27 at the Lucky Star Game Room in the 10900 block of Bissonnet.

Houston police say three men and two women were inside playing the electronic slot machines when one of the men confronted a security guard.

Officials say as the two struggled over the guard's gun, a second man joined the attack. At least two shots were fired, according to police.

Police say the men then robbed the other people inside the game room before all five people drove off in a silver two-door Honda Accord and red Nissan Sentra with tinted windows and a rear spoiler.

The guard, identified as 53-year-old Rueben Portillo, was shot in the head. He was rushed to Ben Taub General Hospital where he died the next day.

According to court documents, Maria Veronica Valle, 48, and Luis M. Rivas, 20, were arrested on April 3 and charged with capital murder.  Both are being held without bond.

The other three suspects have not been arrested.  Police are hoping surveillance video will help them identify the remaining suspects. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts or identities of any of the people in the surveillance video should call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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