Witness shot while defending sister from suspect

May 25, 2011 4:04:51 PM PDT
Houston police have released a sketch of the man who tried to carjack a woman in front of her home Wednesday morning and then shot one of her family members when he tried to help. Police are still looking for the alleged shooter. He fled after firing at least once, striking the victim in the head.

Houston police released a sketch of the man eyewitnesses say attempted to rob a north Houston woman Wednesday morning -- a man who allegedly shot her brother in the head.

Eyewitness Daniela German recalled, "She was saying help! The thief wanted to get her purse, but he did not get the purse because my mom threw it."

Daniela, 12, woke up hearing the commotion.

"They just told me that my uncle got shot in the head," she said. "That's everything I know."

Police say the armed man tried to rob that woman as she came home on Jensen near Crosstimbers just after 5:30am.

Investigators say the woman's screams brought her brother and other family members to her rescue. The man who was attempting to rob her fled across the street on foot. The woman's brother gave chase in an SUV and somehow was shot.

"At this point is when the circumstances become murky," said Investigator Jack Harvey with the Houston Police Department. "But he fired at least one time, striking the victim."

Police are hoping there were eyewitnesses who can identify the suspect. They're hoping for a tip that leads to his arrest. Even if that happens though, Daniela fears her uncle might never be the same.

"I just want my uncle back," she said. "That's what I want."

Police have identified the man who was shot as Isaias Quintanilla, 43. At last report, he was in critical condition.

Police say the suspect is described as a heavy set African-American man in his mid-30s. He was wearing a button-down blue shirt and black pants at the time of the crime.

If you have any information on the suspect, you're asked to call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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