Man opens fire during armed robbery

HOUSTON - A dramatic surveillance video showing a gunman firing his pistol next to a frightened store clerk has captured images of a man Harris County investigators say is responsible for several smoke shop robberies.

Cameras caught pictures of the robber, with his back turned to the clerk, pulling a pistol out of his pants, cocking his weapon, then turning around and pointing it at the clerk. A moment later, the startled clerk leaps at the sound of gunfire as the robber shoots into a wall.

The gunman struck around 10 a.m. Monday at the 69 Smoke Shop on North Highway 6 just south of Clay Road.

Click here to watch the surveillance video.

The robber jumped over the counter, shot at the cash register and demanded all the money not only in the register but also in the store's safe, investigators said. The gunman later forced the frightened clerk into the business office, fired several more shots into a wall and locked the store worker into a bathroom.

The video shows not only the suspect's face, but the distinctive tattoos on his right arm. He's described as a Hispanic male, 5' 10 to 6' tall, weighing about 175 pounds, with a goatee and a short buzzed haircut. One of his many tattoos shows a teardrop on his right cheek.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).


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