Sometime after 3 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, an altercation occurred inside the First Class Jewelry and Loan pawn shop located in the Greenway Plaza area of Houston. That altercation, according to the Houston Police, turned deadly.
According to Houston Police Department Detective Kevin Collier, one suspect was shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sources say it was an attempted robbery gone bad, and the shop owner exercised his right to defend his life and property.
Collier noted later that the area had experienced various levels of crime over the years.
One witness, Amber Hellsinger, was eating at a nearby restaurant when she heard someone say there was a gunshot.
“I heard somebody say there was a gunshot, and so I was just hoping that the owner and the people that work there were OK and safe,” Hellsinger told KHOU.com.
After the shooting, Collier mentioned to reporters that the suspect’s truck had been smashed into the shop’s storefront. Whether or not the crash was accidental or intentional is not known. Collier did note that the shop owner and other bystanders were not harmed. The truck was later found abandoned in close proximity to the shopping center.
According to regulars at the Greenway Plaza, the area is normally a very safe locale with lots of great shops and dining.
“Oh, it’s a great area,” said Julie Edwards. “A lot of young people. A lot of families. Great restaurants. It’s normally a very comfortable area.”
The Houston Police Department is asking that anyone who witnessed the crime or has additional information reach out to them at 713-308-3600.