NRG Stadium-area shooting kills man in car waiting at intersection, HPD says

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Friday, April 21, 2023
Man shot to death waiting at intersection near NRG Stadium, HPD says
According to HPD, the suspect got out of the car with a rifle and shot into a car with the man inside. Investigators believe that it was potentially a targeted shooting.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Investigators are working to determine why a driver was shot to death inside a car near NRG Stadium on Thursday evening.

Houston police responded to 3200 South Loop West near South Main Street around 9 p.m. after multiple people called and reported hearing several gunshots.

At the scene, officers found a vehicle stalled in the street with several bullet holes in the driver's side door. Inside, a 32-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to HPD, the victim was in the intersection when another man got out of a black sedan with a rifle and opened fire.

"It kind of looks like it was targeted to me, but we won't know for sure until our investigators get here and start talking to the witnesses," Lt. Larry Crowson said.

Witnesses told HPD the sedan sped away after the shots were fired.

A nurse told ABC13 he heard the gunshots and saw the victim in his car.

"I got out of the car because I saw that he wasn't moving. It was locked at first, actually. So some other guy came out with a tool and broke the window, opened the door," Victor Moreno said. "I checked his pulse, and no pulse."

While police were investigating the deadly shooting, another driver plowed through the intersection.

ABC13 cameras were rolling as the man drove through the crime scene tape and was detained by officers.

It was unclear if that driver was charged.

ABC13's Neighborhood Safety Tracker counted eight homicides in the past 12 months in the area where Thursday's killing unfolded.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or speak anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.