Incident at 6909 Atwell
November 21, 2005 -- Houston
police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man at 6909 Atwell
about 5:45 p.m. on Sunday (Nov. 20).
The victim is identified as Jose Manuel Lara,
54, of 6600 Bellaire Apt 112-H. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds
and was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital.
HPD Homicide Division Officers K. Carr and T.
Mr. Lara and his wife had shopped at the meat
market at 6909 Atwell and were walking from the front door of
the store to their vehicle when three suspects approached them.
Two of the suspects ran up to Lara from behind as he attempted
to enter his vehicle while the third suspect stood watch and pointed
a gun at Lara. When the suspect pointed the gun in Lara's stomach
and demanded his car keys, a struggle ensued and witnesses heard
one gunshot followed by two more shots several moments later.
Witnesses saw one suspect run through the parking lot of the store
and jump a fence to an apartment complex. The other two suspects
ran toward Edgemore Street and then south on Renwick.
The suspects are described as three Hispanic
males in their late teens to early 20s. One suspect is about 5
feet 8 inches tall and was wearing an untucked brown and tan checkered
shirt. Another suspect is described only as being about 5 feet
4 inches tall.
Moments prior to the shooting, one of the suspects
was seen approaching a woman and then an ice cream vendor in the
same parking lot. It's believed that same suspect attempted to
rob the vendor.
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.