Update on Incident at 8236 South Gessner
April 21, 2005 -- Houston police
homicide investigators have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting
of a man and wounding of two others at 8236 South Gessner about
2:25 a.m. on April 8.
Juan Jose Sermeno (H/m, DOB 2-24-83) was arrested
in the 6300 block of Richmond on Wednesday (Apr. 20). He has been
charged with murder in the 177th State District Court.
The deceased victim, Ruben Salomon, 24, of 4000
Hollister 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 in good condition.
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.
Update JFC/RMM 4-21-05
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