One man is dead and police are questioning more suspects after a storeowner of a gun shop in Crosby faced off with would-be thieves after they broke into his store to steal firearms.
The robbery began at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when several masked men broke into the Central Guns and Barbershop in the 2000 block of Kennings Road in Crosby, according to Harris County Sheriff officials.
The shop owner, a 79-year-old U.S. Army veteran, lives nearby and heard the noise of the robbers apparently pulling the door and gate from the shop.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the shop owner encountered the robbers “quickly.”
The shop owner found some of the robbers inside his business stealing firearms. He then called 9-1-1 and was maintaining watch while sheriff deputies were en route.
The robbers then began to fire at the shop owner, who took refuge behind a nearby tree. He also returned the fire.
“A lot of shots were fired,” Gonzalez said.
The shop owner was not injured.
“He is lucky,” Gonzalez said. “We do see evidence of blood at the scene.”
Nearby surveillance caught the aftermath when the alleged criminals took off in two vehicles, one being a truck and the other a car.
The sheriff’s department received another 9-1-1 call coming from someone in the 3800 block of Morelos Road, which is about 10 miles away from the gun store. Deputies found a man in his 30s dead at the scene.
“We also found evidence at this scene linking them to the crime,” Gonzalez said. “We found at least three guns. We found guns hidden under a nearby brush. We think it is about three guns so far.”
Two other suspects at the Morelos Road scene are being questioned, but Gonzalez said they are not cooperating. The dead man’s identity has yet to be released.
A friend of the gun shop owner, Bill Newcomb, told KPRC Channel 2 News, this is the second time in less than three months the store had been burglarized. He said the store was robbed in November, and the shop owner lost thousands of dollars in firearms.
“What else are you going to do? They keep coming back and breaking in,” Newcomb said.
The case is being referred to a grand jury, Gonzalez said.