HOUSTON— Some residents were rattled after a man started firing a gun toward a parked car in a Missouri City shopping center.
It happened around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday in a shopping center located off of Dulles near Highway 6.
The man was reportedly angry about his estranged girlfriend and had entered Bogies Bar & Grill before opening fire, police said. The co-owner of the business said that the man was belligerent and enraged when he walked through the door.
He was kicked out after 15 minutes, and that’s when things escalated; he pulled out a gun and started shooting at his estranged girlfriend’s car, Missouri City police said.
Police said she was not inside of the car when the shots were fired. Markers later dotted the lot where the bullets flew, and the woman’s car had a visible crack in the windshield along with a flattened tire.
“You always hope you’re in a safe neighborhood, but when you’ve got kids nearby and stuff like this going on, it becomes concerning,” said Bailey Wallace, a mother of two.
Wallace pointed out a daycare right across the way. She said her first thought is that the bullets could’ve strayed elsewhere.
That concern seemed contagious.
Gabrielle Baskin was headed to her routine nail appointment when she pulled into an active crime scene.
“It scared the mess out of me. I come over here because it’s nice over here,” said Baskin, Missouri City resident.
Police said the man’s unpredictable actions prompted an immediate response.
“We got the call so quickly that we had at least 10 units on scene after he ran off,” said Sgt. Terry Russell with Missouri City police.
Before officers could get to the man, he reportedly turned the gun on himself in a nearby HEB parking lot. He sustained a gunshot wound to his head.
Life Flight took him to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition.
There was no word on exactly what set him off, but for some, an explanation wasn’t needed.
“To endanger people’s lives because he’s mad at his girlfriend, you’re trying to make something make sense when it’s coming from an insane mind,” Wallace said.