Incident at 8601 Winkler #36
May 21, 2005 -- Houston police
are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 8601 Winkler
#36 about 10 p.m. on Thursday (May 19).
The identity of the deceased male is pending
notification to next of kin and an autopsy by the Harris County
Medical Examiner's office. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds
and was s pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD Homicide Division Sergeant R. Torres and
Officers A. Mares and K. Carr reported:
The deceased male was living in an apartment
at 8601 Winkler, which was not leased to him. The shooting occurred
outside in a courtyard where several Hispanic males were drinking
and barbecuing in front of apartment #36. Investigators believe
suspects in an illegal immigrant smuggling operation were using
this apartment and a dispute between smugglers resulted in one
smuggler shooting and killing the other. The deceased victim is
believed to be the main organizer in smuggling operations at this
There were three individuals found inside of
the apartment that claimed to have been held against their will,
pending payment to the smugglers for having smuggled them into
the United States.
An individual who witnessed the shooting describes
the suspect as a Hispanic male with a possible last name of Francisco
Solis. The suspect fled the scene in a green 1996 Dodge Ram pickup
truck bearing Texas License Plate #58MPF1.
Anyone with information in this case is urged
to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime
Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
For additional information, please
contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.