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Incident at 8600 South Course

May 25, 2005 -- Houston police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 8600 South Course about 12:45 a.m. today (May 25).

The deceased victim has been identified as Samuel Bonilla, 21, of 3026 Roe. He suffered a gunshot wound to the upper right chest and was transported to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant C. W. Howard and Officer P. T. Yochum reported:

Mr. Bonilla, his wife and brother arrived at the apartment complex at 8600 South Course and were waiting outside of the security gate because they had forgotten their gate access card. Their intent was to wait until another vehicle, with an access card, arrived and follow that vehicle into the complex.

According to witnesses, a newer model gray four-door vehicle with dark tinted windows pulled into the driveway of the complex. Bonilla approached the vehicle and asked the occupants if they had a gate access card and if they were planning to enter the complex. The suspect exited his vehicle and grabbed a shotgun. After a brief struggle over the weapon, the suspect shot Bonilla in the chest. The suspect fled the scene in the gray vehicle.

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.