Kind-hearted convenience store owner fatally shot during robbery in Fifth Ward, police say

HOUSTON — Fifth Ward residents remain surprised after a kind-hearted convenience store owner was shot to death and robbed Thursday night while leaving his business, the Houston Police Department confirmed.

Officers responded to The Gulf gas station in the 3800 block of Liberty Road around 11:45 p.m.

According to police, the 32-year-old store owner was leaving when an unknown person robbed and shot him several times. Witnesses told police the owner had a bag of cash with him that he routinely takes home before making a deposit at the bank the next morning.

Investigators said the suspect escaped on foot, heading south toward Pannell Street. He was wearing a red shirt with a white stripe and has short dreadlocks.

HPD says they have a person of interest in the case, but no charges have been filed.

Local residents we spoke to said the store and its owners are an important part of the community.

"If we ask them for something, if we need something, if we're short and can't get no juice or soda, they let us get by. They tell us come back and pay for it. They are really good people," resident Tawanna Scott said.

Many residents say they're surprised by what happened at the beloved store.

"I've never seen a store owner as good as these people is to us. I hope that the other people that work here don't change on us. It's not us," resident Vincent Laday said.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.