Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Two killed, teen hurt in Pasadena shooting

Houston is really getting to be a dangerous place.

Pasadena police this morning are searching for a man who shot a couple to death and critically wounded a 16-year-old boy during what appears to have been a home-invasion robbery.

The boy, who apparently walked in during the attack Tuesday evening, was in critical condition when taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital and has undergone surgery, said police spokesman Vance Mitchell.

The victims were identified this morning as Leo Garza Sr. and Milagro Vanegas, both 53. The injured teen is Garza's son, Leo Garza Jr.

The victims, who appeared to have been shot in the head, were found dead on a bed in the master bedroom of the one-story home at Burke and Everglade, police Capt. A.H. "Bud" Corbett said.

Neighbors did not report hearing gunshots, he said.

"It is believed at the moment that the (teen) interrupted an offense," Corbett said. "He walked into the house at the time it appears to have been in progress."

Witnesses reported seeing a man, believed to be in his 30s, leave the area with a silver semiautomatic gun in his left hand and carrying a trash bag.

Police said the trash bag contained three "long guns," such as rifles or shotguns

Police said the killer drove away in the father's pickup. The truck was found a short time later, about 30 blocks away at the New Testament Christian Church in the 700 block of Fresa, Mitchell said.

A Pasadena police patrol supervisor was driving by the home about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when someone approached asking for help.

"She was flagged down by a friend of the young man who lives here," Corbett said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Pasadena police at 713-477-1221 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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