"For no one to be harmed is a blessing from God," said Edward Roudez, who was inside the Starbucks at Westheimer and Post Oak Blvd. Houston police initially received a call that the shooting was at the coffee shop.
Roudez heard gunshots through the open drive-thru window. Employees then ordered everyone down.
"They just said if we could just lie down on the floor, flat," described Sunny Sanur. "They were just asking us to calm down."
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According to Houston police, for some unknown reason, two groups of men exchanged gunfire in the parking lot of the Dillard's. Bullets shattered windows and pierced cars.
"They had four guys walking back towards us," said Jeff Miller, an eyewitness. "They pulled a gun from the car and started shooting back towards Dillard's. Then they got in the car and took off."
Soon police had two cars stopped and searched in a parking garage, and two people under arrest. One was arrested on a charge of felon in possession of a weapon. The other was arrested for having a gun and drugs and is not believed to be connected to the shooting. Police say most of the suspects got away.
No injuries were reported.
"Thank goodness with all the people in the Dillard's parking lot," said HPD Assistant Chief Mattie Provost, who assured visitors will be safe when they start arriving ahead of the big game on Feb. 5.
"People who will be visiting will be safe. We already have measures in place to keep people safe in this city," Provost added.
The Starbucks store is temporarily closed.