Incident at 8236 South Gessner
April 8, 2005 -- Houston police
are investigating the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of
two others at 8236 South Gessner about 2:25 a.m. today (Apr. 8).
The deceased victim is identified as Ruben Salomon,
24, of 4000 Hollister. He suffered a gunshot wound to the chest
and was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital. The two
other victims, Jose Rosa, 22, and Randy Antonio Alvarez, 21, were
transported to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeants M. Scott and
D. Ferguson reported:
Numerous people were walking to their cars or
standing on the parking lot at 8236 South Gessner. The lot serves
as an overflow parking area for a nearby nightclub. Witnesses
reported seeing an argument or fight on the parking lot and an
unknown Hispanic male taking out a handgun from his waistband
and shooting into a group of people. Three off-duty Houston police
officers working at a nearby nightclub heard the gunshots and
went to investigate. As the officers crossed South Gessner and
entered the parking lot, the suspect shot at them. HPD Sergeant
A. Giraldo Sr. returned fire and the suspect ran to a waiting
vehicle that sped from the scene. The vehicle was later found
abandoned in the parking lot of the former Westwood Mall at Bissonnet
and the Southwest Freeway.
No officers were injured in the incident. Sergeant
Giraldo, sworn in as an HPD officer in March 1995, is assigned
to the South Central Patrol Division.
Anyone with information on the wanted suspect
is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600
or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. The suspect will face charges
of murder, attempted capital murder of a police officer and attempted
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.