HOUSTON — Community Activist Quanell X and family members of a young man who was shot by a Valero clerk in southeast Houston early Monday are calling for the store clerk’s arrest.
Alexander Calloway, 21, and his two cousins were trying to enter the gas station on Martin Luther King and Belarbor around 3:30 a.m., but the store was locked.
The young men got into an argument with the clerk, who unlocked his door and came outside, police said.
Someone punched the clerk in the face and he pulled out his gun and shot Calloway in the stomach, according to HPD.
Calloway’s cousins rushed him to a fire station on Cullen at Selinsky, and paramedics transported him to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition.
Family members are outraged over the shooting.
“The store clerk came out, opened the doors where it’s bullet proof and came out and shot him,” Yolanda Asberry, the victim’s aunt, said. “It’s ridiculous. Why would you come out the store? You’re supposed to be in the store. That’s why you closed the store at a certain time.”
Asberry said police have been extremely uncooperative and rude.
“They’re not telling us anything. They are telling us if we want to know anything, then go to the hospital and talk to my nephew that may not even make it,” she said.
The clerk was questioned, but not arrested, which angered Quanell X and the relatives. They believe the clerk was looking for a fight.
“He got the gun and came outside because he was looking for a confrontation. I don’t understand why the Houston Police Department did not arrest this store clerk,” Quanell X said. “I don’t understand why the Houston Police Department does not have him locked up in jail right now.”
The activist said if the clerk is not charged, a protest will be held Tuesday.
“So let the owner know that there are going to be problems,” Quanell X told a store employee. “What happened here should not have happened.”
Calloway’s cousin, Keandra Bogan, agrees something needs to be done.
“The person that did this, he needs to be put in jail, really, because it was no reason for him to be shot,” Bogan said. “I wasn’t here for Thanksgiving and I am regretting that because I may not ever see my cousin again, and that’s sad, all behind foolishness.”
Police said someone who may have been angry about the shooting went back to the Valero gas station and fired shots into the front of the store.
A suspect was taken into custody and police found a couple of guns next to a dumpster near the property.
The case remains under investigation.
The clerk in Monday's shooting was shot in the leg during a 2011 robbery at the Valero station. Another clerk then grabbed a gun and shot one of two masked suspects. That suspect survived and was arrested.