HOUSTON – The reward has increased significantly in the shooting death of a teen Subway employee who was trying to protect his mother during an armed robbery in southeast Houston late Wednesday.
Officers with the Houston Police Department were called to the Subway in the 3900 block of Broadway around 8 p.m.
Upon arrival, they found Javier Flores, 18, suffering from a gunshot wound to the neck. Flores was unresponsive and transported to Ben Taub Hospital, where he later died. The Houston Independent School District confirms Flores was an 11th grade student at Chávez High School.
Police said two suspects walked into the restaurant and aimed a gun at the victim’s mother, demanding cash.
Flores quickly jumped in front of his mother to protect her, and one of the suspects shot him.
There were no customers in the restaurant at the time.
HPD investigators said the suspects fled the scene in a four-door, gold or tan sedan. Another robbery occurred at a nearby Subway restaurant, and police are investigating if the two may be related.
Crime Stoppers of Houston is now offering $30,000 for information leading to an arrest in Flores' murder. Tipsters are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submit information online at www.crime-stoppers.org.
The suspects are both described as males who appeared to be between 16 and 20 years of age.
One of the suspects was 5 foot 9 inches to 5 foot 10 inches with no facial hair. He wore a dark blue hoodie with black pants. The second suspect was wearing a light blue hoodie with black pants.
HISD released the following statement:
"HISD is sad to report that a Chavez High School student died Wednesday night. We offer our deepest condolences to the student’s family and friends, as well as to the entire school community. Counselors have been made available to support students and staff at this difficult time."
A Gofundme account has been set up to help bury the victim.
I didn't even know the dude but I know I would've done the same thing for my mom, much respect to him https://t.co/vdrFdVFArl
— 🤘🏽 (@BWA_Ramos) February 23, 2017