Teen killed, second injured in robbery

March 12, 2011 5:02:26 PM PST
A suspected burglar is dead, another critically wounded after authorities say they were shot by the owner of the machine shop they had broken into last night.

"We heard two gunshots, and it sounded like it was right outside our back door," resident Julie Iman said.

"It was pop, and then about five seconds later -- pop again," resident Greg Filkins said.

Gunshots broke the silence at the Tomball trailer park late Friday night. Some describe the shots as so powerful that it shook their homes.

Soon, word would spread that businessman Bruce Madison shot three teenage intruders who tried to break into his machine shop and steal a flat screen television. One of the suspects, 17-year-old Marciel Silva Jr., died at the scene.

The business has apparently been the target of thieves twice before.

"The last time he got robbed, he put in cameras, silent alarms, so it got dispatched to Harris County and to his house and that's how he was able to get down here so quick," Sherry Filkins said.

"Why couldn't you just tell 'em stop, shoot 'em in the leg or something?" Warn 'em, so he could still have his life. Now homeboy is dead in heaven," Silva's friend, Chase Gomez, said.

Still in shock, Silva's friends and family spent the day going door to door, collecting money for his funeral. Just up the street, we ran into Silva's 15-year-old cousin, who was with him Friday night. He was arrested, released and is awaiting his court date.

"Why'd you guys break into that place?" we asked him.

"I dunno," he replied.

"You don't know?"

"Trying to make money."

It's the answer his friends, even his mother, gave us.

"I don't know. I don't know what to think," Silva's mother, Juanita Silva, said. "I told him I don't want you to be doing -- be stealing like your friends. You're 17. You can look for a job."

It's kids seeking money the easy way and learning a tough life lesson in the process.

"It's a shame that it's teenagers that did this, but they did something wrong," Sherry Filkins said.

One of the teens shot is recovering here at Ben Taub General Hospital. At last check, he was in critical condition.

Silva told us she does not plan to press charges because she said "it was her son's fault."


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