HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Faulkner Street, a mile-long stretch on Houston's southside, became the site of more bloodshed on Monday after police say two men were shot to death over a game of dice.
The Houston Police Department said the shooting unfolded at about 5:23 p.m. in the 3800 block of Faulkner Street, near Southlawn Street.
According to a post from HPD on X, formerly known as Twitter, one man was pronounced dead at the scene while a second died at the hospital.
According to HPD Lt. Larry Crowson, a group of men were standing between apartment buildings when an altercation took place. At some point, someone pulled out a gun and started firing, sending people running.
Surveillance video from a nearby corner story shows people scattering after the shots were fired.
"There was one report that they were playing dice in between the apartment buildings. There might have been an argument over the dice game. We are trying to confirm that," Crowson said.
Police have not identified a suspect or announced any arrests. Investigators are unsure how many people were involved in the shooting.
Both of the men who died are in their 20s, HPD said.
A check of past ABC13 stories revealed a disturbing run of criminal activity on Faulkner. At least five homicides have taken place on that stretch within the last couple of years.
One of the tragic examples happened in August 2022 when police say a 25-year-old woman opened fire on a mom who was trying to protect her baby.
Before Monday, the ABC13 Neighborhood Safety Tracker counted 13 homicides within the last 12 months in the area where the Faulkner Street double murder took place.
Here are the homicide numbers for each year going back to 2019 in the Sunnyside-Brook Haven-Bayou Estates area:
- 2022: 15 homicides
- 2021: 18 homicides
- 2020: 21 homicides
- 2019: 15 homicides