A man killed in Spring Branch may have been trying to stop a pair of robbers at a smoke shop, according to Houston police.
Officers were called to Lighthouse Smoke and Vape at 7555 Long Point Drive just after 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Investigators said two suspects had just robbed the shop and were fleeing when a bystander tried to stop them, sparking a shootout.
The victim was shot multiple times and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Northwest officers are at a shooting scene 7500 Long Point. Adult male was transported to the hospital and is deceased. Homicide Investigators are headed to the scene. 202 pic.twitter.com/M5mDbXlv9F
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) March 29, 2023
“A bystander tried to intervene. They got into a shootout,” Det. Chettry said. “The bystander was wounded and transported to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Investigators are still looking for the suspects responsible for the robbery and shooting.
The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’5″, with a slim build. Police said he was wearing an olive green sweater, black sweatpants and white sneakers. The second suspect is described as a Black male wearing a black hoodie.
A neighborhood safety tracker shows zero homicides were counted during two of the last four years in the area where the shooting happened.
However, four homicides were counted in 2021 and 2022 in the designated Afton Village and Pine Terrace area.