HPD: Two men charged after injuring man, woman during drive-by shooting outside NE Houston lounge

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HOUTSON— Charges have been filed against two men accused of shooting a man and a woman outside a nightclub in northeast Houston.

Nicolas Villarreal, 22, and Nihad Nassim El-Meaary, 19, have been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

According to the Houston Police Department, Villarreal and El- Meaary opened fire on Emerald Johnson, 33, and Jeremy Garder, 29, outside of the Blue Steel Lounge located at 11510 Homestead around 11 p.m. Friday.

Witnesses told police that a white BMW convertible drove by the club and a passenger in the vehicle pulled out an AR-15 rifle and opened fire, striking Johnson and Garder.

Officers from the HPD Northeast Patrol Division Tactical Unit found the convertible about six miles from the shooting scene and conducted a traffic stop.  Villarreal and El-Meaary were detained without incident and officers recovered an AR-15 rifle that matched witnesses’ description.

Villarreal and El-Meaary admitted to their involvement in the shooting, police said.

Johnson and Garder were taken to the hospital. Their condition is still unknown.

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