Suspect fires at Walmart employees who were chasing him after purse-snatching

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by Malini Basu/ KHOU 11 News

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Posted on January 15, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 6:39 PM

HOUSTON—There were frightening moments at a Neighborhood Walmart in Spring Branch Wednesday morning when a suspect snatched a woman’s purse and fired at employees who were trying to stop him.

According to Houston police, a woman in her late 20s or 30s was grocery shopping at the store in the 2700 block of Gessner around 9:15 a.m. when a man with gun rushed her and snatched her purse.

”There was a robbery and I said I’m not making enough money to put my life in jeopardy. So I watched my supervisor run out the door,” said Howard, who works at the store.

But while Howard stayed behind, other employees sprang into action.

The Walmart employees were giving chase when the suspect pulled out a gun and started shooting at them. Luckily, no one was hurt.

Mary Flanagan was in the store shopping and had no idea what was happening.

”Oh, I didn’t see that, I just was in there for about 20 or 30 minutes. I’m gonna’ go be very careful. That makes me almost afraid to come up here by myself,” the 85-year-old shopper said.

Flanagan was nervous, thinking she could’ve been the victim. “Not so easy; I don’t feel good right now. I go in there all the time, but my word. I don’t know what I would’ve done. I would’ve probably given it to them and let him go because I’m scared to death of guns,” she said.

Police canvassed the area and nearby apartments, but had no luck locating the suspect. They will be reviewing surveillance video.

Anyone with information should contact the Houston Police Department.

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