Houston, Texas

From the Houston Chronicle of June 3, 2007

Owner shoots man trying to rob store, HPD says

The owner of a southeast Houston cell-phone store shot and killed a 19-year-old man who was trying to rob him Saturday night, Houston police said.

Bystanders said they heard about five shots ring out shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday and saw a man running through the parking lot of a small shopping strip in the 7100 block of Bellfort.

According to police, the man apparently tried to rob Ultra Telecom at gunpoint, but the owner got his own weapon and chased him out of the store, firing multiple times.

The young man collapsed and died at the entrance of the parking lot. For several hours after the shooting, his body lay covered by a yellow sheet, a black handgun on the pavement next to his his right hand and a tan baseball cap by his feet.

Homicide investigators questioned the store’s owner and interviewed multiple witnesses at the scene, including passengers on a Metro bus that was passing by at the time.

When officials moved his body onto a stretcher and placed it into a Harris County Medical Examiner’s van about 9 p.m., relatives gathered across the street wept and embraced each other.

“What was he thinking?” one woman cried, collapsing onto her knees. “What was he thinking?”

From Houston’s KHOU.com of June 3, 2007

Fatal shooting of robbery suspect by victim to go to grand jury

The fatal shooting of a robbery suspect by a potential victim will be referred to a Harris County grand jury.

The incident occurred in the 7100 block of Bellfort around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Mohammad Hoque, the owner of a cellular phone store, shot and killed Quinton Jerome Randle, 21, when Randle reportedly tried to rob him.

Randle died at the scene. Hoque was not injured.

According to witnesses, Randle entered the store and robbed Hoque at gunpoint. Hoque then got his own gun from behind the counter and chased Randle out of the store. Randle pointed his weapon at Hoque who then fired several shots.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.


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