The men met up around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday night in the 4300 block of Capitol Street. Police say the buyer tried to rob the seller. Both pulled out guns and the would-be robber was shot in the arm, police said.
He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital, where he was later declared dead.
The suspect was detained at the scene and the shooting is under investigation.
According to a witness, the victim and shooter were meeting regarding the sale of shoes. At some point, they got into an argument which led to the victim pulling out pistol, police said.
A relative of the witness heard the argument and came outside to see the victim displaying a firearm. The relative then shot the man. The shooter and the witness attempted to provide medical assistance until paramedics arrived and transported him to the hospital.
Police said after consulting with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the case will go to a grand jury.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600.