Houston police announced Friday that 28-year-old Gregory Allen has been charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was arrested in the killing of 24-year-old Italia McGregor.
Just after 2 a.m. on New Year's Day, McGregor was shot in the parking lot of the Five Nine Bar and Lounge on S. Wilcrest in southwest Houston. Her boyfriend and another man suffered non-life-threatening wounds.
According to Houston police, they had just left the club when a verbal fight turned physical and two men pulled out guns and started firing.
McGregor died in the parking lot.
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McGregor had three children: two boys and a girl. Her youngest child is only 2 months old.
The woman also had a hair braiding business. Her family proudly shared videos of her work.
McGregor was from the small town of Bellville, 65 miles from Houston. But in the big city, she became the first murder victim of 2022 after two years of a rise in murders.
In 2019, there were 277 murders. In 2020, it went up to 400, and 2021 ended with 474 murders. So far in 2022, there have been three murders in Houston city limits.
McGregor's family shared a GoFundMe link to help the children she leaves behind.
A second unidentified man is still on the run. Police describe him as a Black man between the ages of 26 and 29, with a medium to heavy build and a full beard.
Meanwhile, the bond for Allen was set at $600,000: $500,000 for murder and $100,000 for the aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge.
He's expected back in court on Jan. 10.
Witnesses told police the suspects left in a white Dodge Charger. Anyone with information is urged to contact Houston Police Homicide Division at (713) 308-3600 or Houston Crime Stoppers.
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