Man shot outside east Houston night club

A man was shot in this parking lot by suspected car thieves early Sunday, then there was a shootout with a security guard before the suspects fled the scene

April 24, 2011 8:33:52 AM PDT
Police are looking for suspected car thieves who shot and wounded a man outside a night club in east Houston early Sunday. It happened around 1am in a night club parking lot on Market near Federal, just south of Interstate 10.

Houston police say two men were walking around the parking lot, looking into cars. As they started to break into a vehicle, the owner walked out of the club and saw them, officials said.

According to investigators, the owner of the vehicle started running toward them and one of the suspects pulled out a gun, shooting him in the stomach.

A security guard heard the gunfire and saw the suspects running away. Police said he yelled at them, but they started shooting at him.

Officials said the security guard returned fire, but no one was hit in the shootout.

The security guard told investigators the suspects fled in a white Chevrolet Impala.

The shooting victim was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in serious but stable condition. He is expected to recover.

Anyone with information about this crime can call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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