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HPD: Security guard shoots 2 people, killing 1 in W Houston

Houston police said three security guards were kicking two men out of El Karma Bar & Lounge after an argument inside.

HOUSTON — At least one person is dead after a security guard opened fire outside a nightclub in west Houston Monday morning, according to the Houston Police Department.

This happened at 5:40 a.m. outside of El Karma Bar & Lounge on South Gessner near the Westpark Tollway.

Police said three security guards were escorting two patrons who were said to be heavily intoxicated. One of the patrons had what appeared to be a weapon that they pulled out.

That's when two security guards started shooting.

"We have recovered one weapon on scene. It’s not a real firearm. It’s not real. It looks like a replica, but it is not a functioning firearm," HPD Sgt. Bill Elsbury said.

Police said the two patrons were injured, with one of them pronounced dead at the scene. The other was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Police spent the morning looking through the club’s surveillance footage to see if it lines up with what witnesses say happened.

Police said the security guards involved were taken in for questioning, and they are cooperating.

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