Homeowner shot during north Harris County home invasion


by Malini Basu & Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News


Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 2 at 6:20 PM

HARRIS COUNTY—Bullets were flying in all directions during a home invasion in north Harris County Friday morning. It happened in a new subdivision near I-45 North and Richey.

The homeowner was getting ready for work when he suddenly found himself dodging bullets.

"And he heard a ‘boom, boom, boom,’ turned around and they were breaking in the door," the victim’s mother, Gwen Broussard, said.

As many as five armed men burst into the victim’s brand new home about 7:30 a.m. and started shooting.

When the homeowner got his gun and fired back, one of the intruders ran away so quickly, he left his shoe behind. The other suspects weren’t far behind.

The homeowner, who doesn’t want his name publicized, took a bullet in the leg. 

Before the crime, the victim’s wife saw a white Nissan Pathfinder and a black car that she believes the intruders were sitting in.

"[She was] concerned about that car there because she saw some movement in there," said James Broussard, the victim’s stepfather.

The victim’s wife left to drop their baby at day care and then go to work.

"The baby’s 9 months old and I’m glad that they weren’t here when all of this happened," Broussard said.

The burglars never had a chance to take anything. The family has only lived in their home a month. Their last home, also in North Harris County, had been broken into, so they moved to the new subdivision, only to find crime literally on their door step again.

"It’s terrible, it’s terrible. They’ve ripped him off before," Broussard said.

A neighbor has a surveillance camera that may yield good evidence. Also at the entrance to the subdivision is a portable surveillance station.

One family member said these guys will get theirs.

"I hope they get caught. I hope they get caught," James Broussard said. "They gone kick in the wrong door."