Woman fatally shot at local game room

December 29, 2009 10:30:47 AM PST
Sheriff's deputies are hoping for new developments in a murder in northeast Harris County. A woman was shot and killed during a robbery at a game room on Aldine Westfield yesterday. At around 6:30pm, 53-year-old Juanita Sorola was shot and killed inside the game room. Authorities say Sorola and her sister worked inside the building. Investigators say they used a camera mounted on the outside to look at customers before they were allowed inside.

Authorities say the suspects walked in through the front door of the business, somehow getting passed those surveillance cameras. Detectives say they forced their way inside and robbed the business. Sorola apparently fought with the suspects and was shot and killed.

Authorities now want to talk to customers who may have witnessed the crime.

"We have three other customers in the business at the time of the robbery," said Sgt. Ben Bell with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "They all three left the scene prior to deputies arriving and we would certainly like to talk to them and ask that they contact us at the homicide division."

Early this morning, authorities confiscated three 8-liner gaming machines. They were taken as evidence in the capital murder investigation.

Most neighbors of the northeast Harris County neighborhood knew about the gambling business and were worried about violent crime.

"Did you know that was an 8-liner business in there?" we asked one nearby resident.

"Yeah and I've called the sheriff's department to try to get it put out of business," said the neighbor, who didn't want to be identified. . "I've done everything that I could possibly do to try to get it moved from there."

Authorities say they are not focusing on whether or not this was a legal gaming business, instead authorities say their priority is to solve a capital murder.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male around 30 years old, 5'8", 160 lb, wearing a white polo shirt. He had a goatee and short curly hair. The second suspect is a Hispanic male, also around 30 years old, and was wearing a brown long-sleeve jersey.

If anyone has any information that could lead to the suspects and their whereabouts, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.