UPDATE: Local Food Truck Owner Shot and Killed During Attempted Robbery
Lorenzo Juan Vasquez was shot and killed outside of this gas station in north Houston on October 12.
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UPDATE: During the press conference today regarding the shooting death of 53-year-old taco truck owner Lorenzo Juan Vasquez, police revealed new details about the case.
Police confirmed that the suspects attempted to rob the taco truck but did not get away with any money or other items.
In an effort to prevent this sort of incident from happening again, Sheriff Adrian Garcia announced the creation of the Harris County Sheriff's Office Mobile Food Vendors on Patrol Program, which encourages food truck workers to be vigilant and serve as the "eyes and ears" of the police on the streets of Houston.
Police also released composite sketches of the two suspects, pictured below.
If you see either of these two men, please notify the police.
Images from the Harris County Sheriff's Office
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ORIGINAL STORY: On Saturday, October 12, at 3:25 p.m., officers with the Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to a call that there had been a shooting outside the Shell station at 8110 Fairbanks North Houston Road.
Responding emergency personnel pronounced Lorenzo Juan Vasquez, the 53-year-old owner of El Paraiso Pupusas Tacos Y Mas taco truck, dead at the scene from one or more gunshot wounds. Officials with the Sheriff's Office also report that Vasquez's wife was in the truck at the time of the shooting, but was uninjured. It is unclear whether anything was stolen.
Today, two days after the shooting, members of Vasquez's family and friends have changed their Facebook profile pictures to photos of themselves with Vasquez or black ribbons, symbols of mourning.
An Internet search of the victim brought up his Facebook page, which includes numerous photos of a happy man enjoying time with his children. Vasquez appears to have a criminal record from 2002, but he was never incarcerated for the incident.
Detectives do not have much information concerning the suspects, but they have reported that the shooters were two Hispanic males.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with information to call Houston Crime Stoppers at (713) 222-TIPS (8477) or the HCSO Homicide Divisison at (713) 967-5810.
Investigators with the HCSO Homicide Division will hold a news conference at the Harris County Sheriffs Office building at 601 Lockwood on Tuesday, October 15, at 10 a.m. to request the public's help in identifying and locating the two suspects, who are wanted for capital murder.
Vasquez's family will also be at the news conference.
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