Man killed, innocent bystander shot during home invasion in Pasadena


by staff

Posted on March 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 12:26 PM

HOUSTON – One man was killed and two other people were shot when armed suspects barged into a Pasadena home Tuesday night, according to Pasadena police.

Police said two men knocked on an upstairs unit at the Cinnamon Ridge apartments in the 6500 block of Spencer Highway around 10:45 p.m.

A man and a woman, both in their 20s, and a 16-year-old boy were in the home at the time.

Someone inside the apartment had opened the door slightly when the armed suspects forced their way in and demanded cash.

Police said the man and woman who lived in the apartment were very cooperative and gave the suspects a portable safe, but the suspects still shot them both.

As the suspects fled the unit, they crossed paths with the neighbor who lived downstairs.

"As the suspects were leaving the immediate scene, they came across a neighbor who had stepped outside of his apartment to investigate the commotion and he was directed at gunpoint to get back into his apartment – which he did – but he was shot in the back in the process," said Asst. Chief Bud Corbett, Pasadena Police Department.

The neighbor was taken to the hospital in serious, but stable condition.

The woman was shot in the leg and transported to the hospital in serious, but stable condition.

The male resident, who was shot in the torso, was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he later died.

The teen was not harmed at all. Police were interviewing him as a witness, but said he could not give a good description of the suspects.

"We don’t have any explanation at the moment why the two individuals who apparently live in that apartment were shot. The third subject inside the apartment, where exactly he lives at the moment I don’t know, but he was left essentially unharmed," Corbett said. "Actually he has a rather dramatic lapse of memory at the moment about what happened."