Suspect arrested in shooting of Mac Haik Chevrolet manager

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by KHOU.com staff & Tim Wetzel / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on November 30, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 1 at 12:34 AM

HOUSTON – Police have arrested a suspect in the Friday morning shooting of a Mac Haik Chevrolet manager.

Keith Edward Grimmett, 49, faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Investigators say Grimmett shot his boss around 9:30 a.m. at the dealership in the 11700 block of the Katy Freeway.

Witnesses told police the two men had an argument, and then got into a scuffle. That’s when Grimmett allegedly shot 30-year-old Robert Kuentz.

The victim was rushed to Memorial Hermann Hospital with a gunshot wound to the neck. He was last reported in critical condition.

Co-workers say Kuentz is married and has a small child. One employee described him as a "great guy."

"Everything is going to be all right. Just know that," said Andriko Gibson, an employee who saw the shooting.

Gibson and two other witnesses were interviewed by police at the scene. Some employees told investigators that Kuentz and Grimmett had a history of arguing.

Grimmett hadn’t worked at the dealership for very long. He worked at Allen Samuels Chevy before Mac Haik earlier this year. His bosses said he left on his own and was never a problem.   

He fled after the shooting, but police say he called them Friday afternoon and agreed to surrender. Grimmett has no prior criminal record in Harris County.

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