Family-owned car dealership shooting leaves two dead, one critically injured

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HOUSTON, Tx. - Family owners of a car dealership in north Houston got a deadly deal they didn't bargain for Thursday morning.

Two brothers were shot and killed and one other man was sent to the emergency room after a gunman opened fire at the Immaculate Auto Sales, near Little York and Airline.

"The crime scene was carried out very methodically, and very quickly.  All of the gunshots were to the head area," said Sgt. Brian Harris with Houston Police Department.

Jesse and Tony Contreras, the brothers who co-owned the dealership, died at the scene.

Tony Contreras' 22-year-old son, Casey, was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital after also being shot in the head.

Sgt. Harris said, "we do have a smell of gasoline that's on the inside of the place.  So we don't know if there was a plan of trying to burn the business down once the shooting took place."

Houston police are still wondering why the attack went down, but say it wasn't random.

"Whoever attacked these people here, these victims knew who, what, and what they wanted," Sgt. Harris concluded.

HPD arrested a man who they say was standing in the median in front of the dealership, and ran when he was spotted by one of the brothers before the shooting.

So far he's not facing charges, but he's got plenty of questions coming his way.  Maybe his answers can help solve this fatal mystery.

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