HOUSTON – Around 20 gunshots rang out in a northwest Houston community Sunday, leaving a 20-year-old father dead and police looking for those responsible.
According to the Houston Police Department, Molitha Hunter, a father of two with another on the way, was shot at point-blank range in the parking lot of Hank’s Seafood on West Tidwell and Lost Forest Drive.
Hunter’s girlfriend had just dropped him off so he could have lunch with friends.
Witnesses said six men in a Cadillac pulled up and started firing round after round. The victim, who was shot in the face, was transported to Memorial Hermann Northwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A male suspect wearing a blue or black hoodie and a dark bandanna over his face fled on foot eastbound on West Tidwell, police said.
There were several people at the laundry mat next door when the shooting began. They had no idea what was going on, but ducked for cover. Witnesses at a nearby apartment complex heard the victim screaming for help.
“I heard like five shots. I got out, I get in…You know I was kind scared,” Harvin Herrera, a neighbor, said.
“I just heard a couple of gunshots and smoke,” Alex Almazan, another neighbor, said. “I heard the guy on the floor screaming.”
Hunter’s family said he was supposed to testify on Valentine’s Day as a witness to a kidnapping and robbery, but never did. Police are investigating to see if the shooting is related.
Hunter was supposed to turn 21 in one week. Sadly, his third child will never know who dad was.
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.