HPD: Property owner shoots homeless person in Museum District

KHOU 11's Michelle Choi reports from the Museum District where the search for a shooter continues this morning

HOUSTON -- A man is on the run after Houston police say he shot into a crowd of homeless people in the Museum District.

After the shooting, police tried to get the man to surrender at his townhome on Rosewood, but a SWAT team soon discovered he was already gone.

Police say tempers flared when a homeless person stepped onto the man’s property. The homeowner then opened fire, shooting the homeless person.

A SWAT team made their way into the suspect’s home around 10:30 p.m. and found weapons, but the homeowner was already gone. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Just a few blocks from the neighborhood is a tent city, a place where dozens of homeless people call home. Police say some nearby property owners have been frustrated by the camps. 

“There has been some ongoing issues, but we don’t have any reports on any shootings,” said HPD Asst. Cief Bruce Williams.

Police say the shooting victim in Monday night’s incident was taken to the hospital in unknown condition. 

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the homeowner should call the Houston Police Department at 713-884-3131 or Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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