HOUSTON — Houston police are looking for three suspects who opened fire on patrons at a Washington Avenue hookah club early Tuesday.
KHOU 11's Brittany Ford reported the shooting was likely out of retaliation, according to police.
Four people were shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, police said. A fifth person was struck by gunshot fragments. All of the victims are in their 20s.
Assistant Chief Ban Tien with the Houston Police Department said the shooting was reported before 2 a.m. at 4115 Washington Avenue, just west of Heights Boulevard/Waugh Drive.
Police said the three suspects, all men, were earlier turned away from the venue.
"It is believed, in retaliation, they returned to the club and shot at the location, striking the victims. The suspects were driving in a black sedan that fled the scene," police stated in a press release.
Two victims were taken to the hospital by ambulance, and two others went to the hospital by private vehicle.
Investigators found multiple rifle rounds in the roadway. They are asking anyone who has info about the shooters to come forward.
“We have a high level of confidence that someone saw something,” said Tien.
Police cleared the scene at about 6 a.m. as the search continued for the suspects.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Major Assaults & Family Violence Division at 713-308-8800 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.