Another thug taken out by Joe Citizen in Houston
Robbery suspect shot dead in card room gunbattle
By DALE LEZON Copyright 2009 Houston Chronicle
Sept. 3, 2009, 8:20AM
Print Share Del.icio.usDiggTwitterYahoo! BuzzFacebookStumbleUponA suspected robber was killed and another man was injured in a gunbattle after three masked gunmen ambushed a card game in southwest Houston this morning, police said.
Around 2:30 a.m., witnesses said the masked men waited for someone to leave the game, which was held inside an unmarked office park unit behind a shopping center in the 5600 block of Hillcroft just south of Westpark.
The gunmen burst in through the open door and began robbing patrons, one of whom pulled his own pistol, said Sgt. Juan M. De La Cruz, a Houston homicide detective. A gunfight ensued.
One suspect was killed and one of the patrons suffered a non-life threatening wound and was taken to a nearby hospital. Police, who found multiple 9-millimeter shell casings at the scene, say the other two suspects fled.
Police recovered card tables, cards and cash, and one of the patrons said everyone at the game knew each other. Police said they didn't immediately know who rents the space, which like many in the complex has no signage.
De La Cruz said the gambling matter would be turned over to the vice squad, but it wasn't clear whether the game was illegal. In Texas, there's nothing wrong with money changing hands in poker and other games as long as someone isn't taking a cut.
Identities of those involved were not immediately released, and no arrests were made.