Shoplifters open fire on 99 Cents Only Store employee and her family in NE Harris Co., deputies say

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Monday, February 5, 2024
Eastex Freeway shooting: Shoplifters open fire on 99 Cents Only Store employee and family at Little York, Harris Co. deputies say
Shoplifters open fire on a retail employee and her family at 99 Cents Only Store on Little York near the Eastex Freeway, Harris County deputies say.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man was shot in the chest while driving with his family in northeast Harris County, according to deputies.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said deputies are looking into whether the shooting was tied to a shoplifting case at a 99 Cents Only Store.

Earlier on Saturday, a woman was working in the store when there was a disturbance involving shoplifters, according to the sheriff's office.

Later, deputies said the employee and her family were driving on Little York near the Eastex Freeway at about 10 p.m. when shots were fired.

A male relative exited the vehicle at some point and was shot in the chest, according to Sgt. Jonathan Ryan.

Ryan said the shoplifters were the same people who opened fire, but deputies aren't yet sure whether the theft was the motive behind the shooting.

The man was taken to the hospital to undergo surgery, and the shooters haven't been caught, according to deputies.

A child was also in the pickup but wasn't hurt.