Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Four killed overnight in separate shootings

What the hell is going on in Houston. People are going crazy, shootings all over the place. The wild west is alive and well around here.

Four people were shot dead at four separate and seemingly unrelated scenes around Houston this morning. A total of four others were wounded.

At about 4:20 a.m., a woman's 19th birthday party at B&D Sports Bar at the 12800 block of Bellaire Boulevard, just west of Dairy Ashford, ended whem a guest went outside to take a phone call and was gunned down in the strip center's parking lot, police said.

Houston police Sgt. Brian Harris said people at the private party heard gunfire and found the 22-year-old man with multiple wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

There was no apparent motive, although Harris said it's possible the victim was mistaken for a gang member and might have been targeted.

The partygoers scattered after the shooting, and police are asking anyone who might have more information to call the police department's homicide division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

Shortly before midnight, police said three people were shot in southwest Houston in the 8400 block of South Breeze, near the intersection of South Gessner and West Bellfort.

Police said the shootings happened after two men in a white Ford Explorer with large rims chased down two men who were on foot. The men in the car got out and fired, hitting the two pedestrians and a third man who might have been a bystander.

One victim died at the scene, the other two were taken to Ben Taub General Hospital with injuries that weren't considered life-threatening. It wasn't clear whether the dead man was one of the men being chased or the bystander.

Police said they didn't get good descriptions of the shooters.

Shortly before 1 a.m., police said three men entered The Black Widow tattoo parlor in the 2000 block of Mangum near Dacoma on the northwest side of Houston. The store's owner intervened and was shot dead. The customers were not injured.

Also around 1 a.m., a traffic altercation near West Little York and Shepherd on the north side left three people shot, one of whom died at the hospital. There was no immediate word on the conditions of the other two victims.

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