HOUSTON - A man sitting in a pickup truck was shot dead outside a northwest Houston shopping center early Monday, police said.

It happened in front of a laundromat in the 700 block of W. Mt Houston Road, according to the Houston Police Department.

Nearby residents told police they heard gunfire shortly after 1 a.m. and then saw a blue Monte Carlo leaving the scene.

The victim, who was 49 years old, was alone in his pickup truck. He died at the scene.

At this point I don t even have a description of the suspect, just the suspect vehicle, said HPD Sgt. Robert Blain.

Police did not release the victim s name.

Detectives collected bags of evidence and said it appeared the victim was shot through the passenger side window.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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