HOUSTON – After one shooting at the Houston flea market on Sunday afternoon, two individuals were killed and at least three more were hospitalized.
It happened soon after 1 p.m. in broad daylight with in 8700 area of the Airline Drive in northern Harris County, a bustling area where hundreds of people visit flea market for bargains, food, and outdoor sports.
“We assumed it was something for families, because you can bring your kids, but everything, you never know,” Dolores Guerrero, a frequent visitor to the region, said. “It’s terrifying.”
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“We had never been to this one before; it were going to be the first.”
But before she & her partner could get inside, Harris County deputies had the building closed off, with crime scene tape & shell shells strewn about.
Major Susan Cotter of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 26 which a group of guys got into an altercation and many of them pulled out firearms and began shooting.
“There were many bullets fired, and we suspect there have been probably 3 to 5 shooters,” Major Cotter stated.
Two males in their twenties died at the site, one of whom was seen on the parking lot ground as crowds passed by.
Three Others Were Transported To Hospitals In Serious Condition By Paramedics.
“One of the shot and transferred individuals remains an possible suspect,” Cotter added. “At this moment, our homicide detective is questioning two other people who were detained on the premises.”
At least two handguns have been recovered, according to Cotter.
While none of the injured people have been charged as of yet, an unhurt man has been charged in connection with the incident. Angel Flores-Lopez was accused with tampering with evidence, according to the sheriff’s office.
Investigators are going over camera evidence and looking for witnesses in the hopes of identifying more individuals who may have fled the site before police arrived.
In a drive-by shooting, a mother and her 11-year-old boy were shot; the perpetrator is in arrest.
When the gunfire began, witnesses which everyone scrambled for cover, including families and children who were enjoying carnival attractions directly across the street.
“It’s quite frightening because this occurs in the broad daylight,” Cotter remarked. “We’re just grateful that no innocent bystanders were shot or injured.”
Two persons were killed and three others were injured in a shooting between “rival gangs” at a busy Houston flea market.
A gunfire broke out between 2 groups at the bustling Houston flea market, when 1000s of people were purchasing on a busy Sunday, killing two individuals and sending three more to the hospital with injuries.
The shooting just at open-air market occurred just minutes after a shooting occurred at California church, killing one person, & a day after a teenager attacked black shoppers at a Buffalo, New York, supermarket, murdering ten people.
According to Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, the incident in Houston happened after a ‘altercation’ involving at least two pistols and all five persons. He claimed that no “innocent bystanders” were hurt.
Investigator believe one of people hospitalized was between those who opened fire, and 2 more suspected gunmen were apprehended and questioned at the site, according to a sheriff’s officer who spoke to media .
Juan Romero, 29, had one of the victims who perished, according to family members. He was at flea market to spend his Sunday like every other weekend.
Romero claimed her brother was at the hospital with their relative, who is one of three. She expressed her confusion over how a day at flea market could turn into such sorrow.
‘I don’t know why this tragedy occurred,’ Romero said. ‘He made everyone laugh, and he was usually extremely happy and joyous, so it hurts a lot since he’s my older brother, and I look up to him.’ It’s quite difficult.’
When the shooting started at 1 p.m. Sunday, 1000s of people were purchasing at the marketplace 14 miles north of Houston’s downtown.