It sounds like something out of the movies: from out of nowhere an unknown man in dark clothes storms into a bar, guns blazing. But according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, that was the scene at an after-hours club early Thursday morning.
Deputy Thomas Gilliland tells Body Count that at about 5:20 a.m. a Hispanic man dressed in a black button-down shirt, blue jeans and a white t-shirt draped over his face like a mask walked into the Eclipse club at 960 W. FM 1960 shooting. Witnesses told investigators that the gunman, carrying a black semi-automatic, shot and killed an African-American security guard and wounded a Hispanic security guard. The shooter then turned and ran.
Gilliland says that the club, which stops serving alcohol at 2 a.m. but remains open into the morning hours, has a history of criminal activity. Almost no one was inside when the gunman appeared, says Gilliland. Detectives have not yet determined the shooter's motive and continue to investigate. The suspect is described as about 5-foot-9-inches tall, between 150 and 180 pounds, with a fade haircut and a neck tattoo.
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That was just one of several killings this past week.
For the mother of 26-year-old Derek Demond Godfrey, Wednesday morning was a parent's worst nightmare come true. She was at home when the phone rang. After she picked up, the caller said that her son had been killed and told her where the body lay. Godfrey's mother went to the spot, at the 13700 block of Duncum, where she found her son at the dead end of the street. She then called the cops, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene at around 2:30 a.m. and determined that Godfrey had been shot to death, deputies say. Investigators say they believe robbery was the motive, but do not have any information about the shooter.
On Wednesday evening, an off-duty Harris County Sheriff's deputy was driving along through the intersection of Addicks Clodine and Bellaire when he heard a pair of gun shots. He then saw an African-American man run through the parking lot of a convenience store and collapse onto the ground.
The deputy drove over to the parking lot, where witnesses told him the man had been shot by another African-American man who was getting away on a bicycle. The deputy quickly found the bicyclist, Walter Seymore, 60, who was positively identified by witnesses, according to the sheriff's office. Seymore is now facing murder charges.
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Houston police on Thursday began looking into the fatal shooting of a 31-year-old man at 13355 Northborough. Police say the victim was seen leaving his apartment at about 1:30 a.m. Two hours later, witnesses heard several gunshots and found the victim on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Witnesses told police that they saw two African-American men, one with dreadlocks, the other with a short afro, leaving the area just after the shooting. Police are continuing to investigate.
If you have any information regarding these investigations please call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.