HOUSTON - Houston Police are asking for help to find the person responsible for a double homicide in the Greenspoint area as the property owner explains his efforts to make the complex safe.
Investigators poured in and out of the apartment in the 700 block of Greens Road Sunrday morning after a relative found two people shot to death in the bedroom. That grisly discovery happened around 7:30 a.m., though neighbors reported hearing gunshots just after 4 a.m. Sunday.
“It might not be that uncommon to hear gunshots out in the area,” said HPD Homicide Det. Bart Nabors. “People a lot of times dismiss that. They hear gunshots, but think nothing else in the area is occurring.”
But Steve Moore, who co-owns the complex, says the neighborhood sometimes called Gunspoint instead of Greenspoint is evolving.
“The crime now has gone way, way down,” Moore insists.
He and the other owners bought the complex four years ago, so KHOU 11 looked at HPD crime statistics to see if things have really changed as much as he said. We compared March 2013 to March 2017 (the most recent numbers available).
In March 2013, HPD documented two robberies, an aggravated assault, two burglaries, three auto thefts and three thefts in the 700 block of Greens Road. This March, police investigated just two thefts.
“In two years, maybe three, this part of Houston will be per capita lower crime than the Houston average,” Moore said. “That’s our goal.”
To accomplish that, he says the owners poured a lot of money into the complex. They added a fresh coat of paint, installed more lights and even bought dozens of surveillance cameras.
“It’s very expensive, but it’s part of being a good landlord,” Moore said.
Another part of being a good landlord is screening tenants, according to Moore. In this case, he says the woman who lived in the apartment appeared to have a boyfriend who wasn’t on the lease.
“Usually the person not on the lease is the bad news person,” Moore said. “There’s a reason they’re not on the lease.”
He says he and the other owners will keep doing what they to provide a safer place for people to call home.
“It takes time, but what we’re doing is creating a family-friendly neighborhood,” Moore said.
At this time, there isn't a suspect in custody.
If you know any information about the shooting, contact HPD Homicide at (713)-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at (713)-222-8477.
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