2 killed in shooting at a tire shop in southeast Houston, police say

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Monday, June 27, 2022
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The suspect is described as a heavy-set white man who drove off in a black Ford pickup truck.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Two people were killed in a shooting at a tire shop in southeast Houston, officials said.

Officials responded to the shooting on Sunday at about 11:04 a.m. on 7550 Bellfort Ave.

A caller stated the suspect had an automatic weapon, possibly more than one, and left the scene.

On Sunday afternoon an on-scene investigator told ABC13 the shooter is a possible employee and they are looking for him.

According to the caller, the suspect was standing near a gold Chevrolet Suburban, which was later confirmed to belong to one of the victims.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set Hispanic man possibly in his 20s and 30s. Witnesses told investigators he drove off going west of the shop in a mid-2000s dark model GMC truck.

Southeast Commander Mike Collins said a verbal argument turned physical inside of the shop. Collins said a third person who was outside working on his gold Chevrolet Suburban walked inside to try to break up the fight.

Investigators said as the man outside, whose family identified as Joseph Miranda, went towards the door, heard several gunshots, and turned around.

Police said surveillance video shows that's when the suspect shot more than 10 rounds, killing Miranda.

"My brother was...he's always somebody who meant well and did things off of the understanding he had always took care of everybody. I don't (have) much to say because we're really grieving right now," Miranda's brother said. "Stop killing people who have families to go home to."

Miranda's grandmother told ABC13 that Joseph went to the shop to put air in his tires before getting on the road with his kids for a day at Galveston. She says her 30-year-old grandson was a good man.

The 2nd victim has not yet been identified.

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