HOUSTON A woman is in serious but stable condition after being shot in the back during a fight with a man early Sunday in northeast Houston, police said.

According the Houston Police Department, a woman believed to be a prostitute was in a man s car around midnight near the intersection of the Eastex Freeway and Homestead when she decided that she did not want to be in the car anymore.

The victim attempted to get out of the car, but the man struggled with her, police said. When she made it out the door, the man pulled out a gun and shot her in the lower back area.

The suspect took off and fled the scene in his car, police said. The victim called a friend of hers and waited in her friend s car for paramedics to arrive.

The victim was transported to Ben Taub Hospital in serious but stable condition, police said.

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