New video shows moment young father was killed in ambush shooting at west Houston gas station

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
New video shows moment young father was shot in ambush at gas station
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"Y'all gunned him down like he was a dog," the victim's aunt told ABC13, pleading for the driver and passenger to turn themselves in. "We want justice for him and we're not going to give up."

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A young father is dead after an ambush shooting in west Houston, and his family has a message to the wanted killers. New surveillance video shows the moments leading up to the deadly shooting.

It happened shortly before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday at a Citgo gas station at 13100 Westheimer Road near Synott Road.

The victim was in his black Volkswagen at a pump, just a few feet away from the convenience store. Surveillance video shows the victim parked at the pump for about 15 minutes.

That's when the video shows an older-model car pull up behind the victim's car and the driver, wearing a black hoodie, jumps out, firing numerous shots into the Volkswagen.

"We have several casings at the scene. So, numerous times he shot into the car," Lt. R. Willkens said.

There was a passenger inside the shooter's car, wearing a white hoodie, who watched the whole thing happen, Houston police said. The shooter got back into the car and drove away after the shooting.

Family members told ABC13 the victim was 23 years old and a father to two young daughters.

"He has two kids. One is 5 and one is 2 years old. Two beautiful daughters who he loved to death, who he just went to see over the weekend. He was able to see his brother graduate. He was able to go see his mom and his kids. We didn't know it was going to be the last time," said the victim's aunt, Wanda Webb.

The victim's aunt is left demanding justice.

"We are going through a lot right now and it don't make no sense. It don't make no sense. So, we are asking for y'all to turn y'all's self in. Just turn y'all's self in, because y'all know what y'all did," Webb said. "Y'all gunned him down like he was a dog. He didn't deserve none of this, and all we ask is y'all turn y'all's self in. We want justice for him and we're not going to give up."

The manager of the gas station said the shooting happened at a busy time, and customers were ducking for cover.

"There were a lot of people in the parking lot and everybody was pretty shocked and they ran off. My store was shut down all night. We didn't do any sales," Azaan Junani said.

Detectives said the motive in the shooting is unclear. The search to find the suspects is ongoing.

Police described the suspects' vehicle as a four-door, boxy-style sedan -- possibly from the mid-80s.

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