HOUSTON - Good Samaritans came to the aid of a man injured in a shooting at a West Houston strip mall Saturday afternoon.
The shooting happened on Wilcrest near Harwin. Police say as the victim lay bleeding in the parking lot, Good Samaritans stayed next to him, praying for him as he took his last breaths.
Sadly, the man did not survive the gunshot wounds.
Monserrat Deleon, along with her mom and grandmother, were the Good Samaritans. They never imagined the carnage they would pulled up to in the parking lot.
“He was just bleeding and bleeding,” said Deleon. “My grandmother prayed for him. That’s basically all we did and I was on the phone with the 911 operator.”
According to police, the victim was sitting in his SUV when he was shot multiple times by an unknown number of gunmen driving several vehicles.
The ambush-style execution occurred in broad daylight.
“Possibly he was meeting someone in the parking lot,” said HPD homicide detective D. Williamson. “We just don’t know what his reasons were for being in this parking lot at this time.”
Papers and business cards appeared to fly out the window from one of the suspect’s vehicles as it sped away.
Investigators hope surveillance video from nearby businesses will help lead them to the killers. Shoppers who frequent the area say crime has gotten out of hand.
“It’s sad,” said Elouise Francis. “There’s so much hurt in the world that people are doing whatever happened to people like this and just leaving them there.”
The victim’s wife refused to speak, but the women who stood by the victim during his final moments can’t forget.
“You don’t feel safe anymore when things like this in the middle of the day happen,” said Miralda.