HOUSTON – Police are investigating a shooting that at least one robbery suspect wounded in west Houston overnight.
It was the end to a night out that a group of people and then men who tried to rob them never expected.
"He plugged him, boom, boom, in the chest," said one of the four victims, who did not want to give his name.
The man said he, his brother and two women were about to leave a parking lot near the bars along Washington Avenue and Jackson Hill just after 2 a.m. when two men with handguns walked up to their car.
"He said ‘Hey, give me your money,'" recalled the victim. "Well, I don't carry cash, I just have a card. So I put up my card and my ID, and I was like, ‘Hey man this is all I have.'"
When the suspect slapped the items out of his hand, the victim says his brother got out of the car and shot the would-be robber twice in the chest.
"As soon as he shot him, I ran over there and kicked him in his face twice because I don't know if he was dead or not," said the man. "Kicked him twice in his face, tried to clear his gun, but it turned out to be a fake. It wasn't even real."
"It was found to be an Airsoft gun," said Jeremy Spurlock, an investigator with the Houston Police Department. "There was no orange tip or anything. If you'd have seen it, you would have believed it was a real gun."
The victim said his brother then shot at the second armed suspect.
"Emptied the rest of the clip, we have a 12-round clip, so emptied the rest of the clip into the guy," he said. "Well it turns out the cop said that he turned up at the hospital, he got hit like seven times."
Police say that second suspect had gotten away in a car with a third suspect and had stolen a handgun from one of the women's purses. The suspect still at the scene was taken to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition and underwent surgery.
"It wasn't scary," said the victim. "We're prior service military, so this was just like a regular reaction to us."
Investigators witt the Houston Police Department said police believe this robbery was random and that there were no other robberies in the area that night.
Lt. Larry Crowsen with HPD said it will be up to the District Attorney to decide whether or not the shooting was justifiable.