Masked shooter kills man inside car in west Houston apartment complex, deputies say

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A man sitting in his car in the parking lot of a west Houston apartment complex was shot to death Thursday by a masked man who took off in a light colored sedan, authorities said.

It happened around 7:45 p.m. in the 14100 block of Rio Bonito.

Byron Thomas, 33, was in his car when a Hispanic man pulled up behind him, got out of his car and opened fire, according to Harris County sheriff's investigators.

The shooter was wearing some kind of surgical mask and fired multiple shots at Thomas, investigators said. Deputies weren't sure if Thomas knew the shooter or what led to the killing.

Thomas was flown by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Investigators were looking to see if surveillance cameras may have captured the incident or the shooter's vehicle leaving the complex.

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