Woman dies of gunshot wounds after running to neighbor's for help


by KHOU.com staff & Tim / Wetzel / KHOU 11 News


Posted on April 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Updated Monday, Apr 30 at 5:18 PM

HOUSTON – A woman died of gunshot wounds in northeast Houston Monday morning after running to a neighbor’s house for help.

The victim was shot inside a home in the 4000 block of Liberty near Russell.

The bleeding woman ran next door and banged on the door to plead for help.

The neighbor tried to help, but the armed suspect had followed the victim.

"Opened the door and she was right there bleeding, and fell on him," said Emma Badino. "I guess he ran after her and he said, ‘Don’t touch her, leave her alone.’ And he hurried up and closed the door."

The suspect dragged the woman, his live-in girlfriend, back into his house where he shot her again, according to police.

Neighbors flagged down police who were nearby at another scene, but the suspect refused to come out of house.

After a brief standoff with HPD’s SWAT team, he finally surrendered with his hands in the air.

The woman’s body was found inside.

Police say the suspect told them he shot her because "she made him mad.'

The victim’s father was devastated to learn she was dead, but he wasn’t surprised.

"I already knew what he was. I saw right through it," Curtis Cormier said. "It hasn’t really hit me yet, but I know I have to go inside that house."

Matthew Woodard, a family friend, said he had tried to warn the victim that her violent boyfriend was bad news.

"I said, ‘Man he gonna kill you," Woodard said. "This isn’t the first time. He’s always beating her, always beating on her.

The victim, 31, leaves behind three children.