Man fatally shot in restaurant parking lot

March 15, 2010 9:34:22 AM PDT
An off-duty security guard is dead, fatally shot overnight at a southwest Houston restaurant. Houston police homicide investigators tell us the security guard who was killed may have dealt with the two suspects before. Police say they frequent this restaurant and the one across the street where they've been known to stir up trouble.

By the time Juan Ramirez and his son finished breakfast, all that remained of this morning's deadly shooting outside Ruchi's Taqueria was the victim's car in the parking lot, right where he left it.

"It's hard to believe, to take somebody's life, just because," Ramirez said.

Houston police say an off-duty security guard was shot and killed early this morning while walking to his car outside a southwest Houston restaurant. Investigators say the two men approached him as he was about to leave.

Myron Dillingham with HPD said, "As the struggle ensued, one of the Hispanic males produced a weapon and shot the security guard several times in his upper torso."

Police say the security guard's gun -- a 40 caliber semi-automatic pistol -- is missing. They believe it was taken by the two men who killed him.

Investigators say security guards in the area have had problems with them before. On more than one occasion, they were caught trying to sneak weapons into various restaurants. Ramirez calls what happened here a sign of the times.

"The crime around this area, in southwest (Houston), I think it's high," he said. "Honestly, I used to live here for some time and I move for the same reason."

Police have not released the victim's name. They are looking for two Hispanic male suspects. One was wearing a cowboy hat, red sweater and white boots. The second man wore a white sweater, blue jeans, white tennis shoes and walks with a limp on his right foot. The suspects left the scene in a silver newer model Nissan Maxima with 18 inch rims.


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