HOUSTON - Houston Police Homicide Investigators say a 55-year-old homeowner died after he was shot at least once inside his home in southeast Houston early Monday.

James Bolden died at an area hospital after police say he struggled with at least one of two robbers who broke into his home through an unlocked window.

Bolden’s wife and two step-children were inside the home along the 4200 block of Grassmere during the shooting. 

Family and neighbors watched crime scene investigators gather evidence. 

“It’s tragic because we know that you never see him in confrontation with anyone,” said Ronald McCann who identified himself as Bolden’s uncle.  “He treated everybody the way he wanted to be treated. With respect and kindness and love.”

According to witnesses, around 3:15 a.m. two masked men, described as black teens in hoodies, crawled through the window, confronted at least one of the residents and demanded money.  After the suspects received money, Bolden was shot.

“It just doesn’t add up,” said Keith Bolden who identified himself as the younger brother of James Bolden.  “I don’t understand it.”

As part of their investigation, police were seen going through trash bins outside the home.

Three people were reportedly detained at the scene for questioning shortly after the shooting, but no arrests have been announced.

McCann says he’s praying “So justice will prevail.”

Bolden’s wife and teenage step-children were taken to the Houston Police Department just after 5 a.m. for questioning. A KHOU 11 team on scene, watched Houston police return to the family to their southeast Houston home nearly seven hours later.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS