Police say driver killed at stoplight was ‘targeted and ambushed’

Police say driver killed at stoplight was ‘targeted and ambushed’

Credit: KHOU

The shooting happened on Bissonnet Street at Cook Road around 1:15 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department.

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 23, 2013 at 6:32 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 6:42 PM

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HOUSTON -- A driver was fatally shot in an ambush at a stoplight in southwest Houston early Thursday, police said.

The shooting happened on Bissonnet Street at Cook Road around 1:15 a.m., according to the Houston Police Department.

Police said a man driving a gold Buick sedan stopped at a red light, and three or four vehicles pulled up around him. Someone in a red Dodge Magnum opened fire on the driver’s side, shooting the man at least once.

As the suspects fled the scene, the victim hit the gas pedal, causing the car to crash into a utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said some bystanders tried to help the man, but they didn’t stick around to talk to police.

“They came out to be good Samaritans and try to do CPR on the victim,” said HPD Sgt. Brian Harris. “They pulled him out of the vehicle. They did CPR, but when EMS got here, they left as well. So if they have any further information we’d appreciate it if they called homicide.”

One of the suspect’s vehicles was a large Cadillac sedan with a dark colored vinyl or cloth top. The vehicle was captured on a gas station security camera, police said.

HPD said the victim may have been targeted by suspected gang members due to unique markings on the Texans team logo on the back of his car.

Family members said the man was a father of two and had a stable job as a construction worker.

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