HOUSTON - A man shot his girlfriend and then killed himself as she was opening a lingerie store in a Houston mall Tuesday, police said.
The man apparently confronted the woman as she was opening the security gate over the store, said Houston Police Lt. Albert Mihalco. The store showed signs that the two struggled before the woman was shot in the head. The man apparently killed himself, Mihalco said.
The shooting was reported at 10 a.m., and most stores were still closed.
Mall employee Deborah White said she was about to raise the security gate that covered the Ashley Stewart store where she worked when a security guard ran down the mall corridors, pounding on gates and doors and telling everyone to evacuate.
"I just left my coat and got out," White said. About a dozen people left the mall with her, mostly store employees.
The Greenspoint Mall is located a few miles from George Bush Intercontinental Airport.