HOUSTON — A jewelry store owner shot and killed three armed men who tried to rob his business, police said.He used both a handgun and a shotgun to defend his life and his wife. From all accounts, it was quite a gun battle. According to the homicide detective, a guy named Waters:
Two men were in an east Houston jewelry store Thursday afternoon pretending to be customers when a third man entered the store and stated, "This is a robbery," Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said.
All three men pulled out pistols, tied up the owner's wife and took her to a back room, Smith said.
As they were trying to tie up the store owner, the 52-year-old took out a handgun from his waistband and fatally shot one of the suspects, Smith said. He then grabbed a shotgun and shot and killed the two other suspects in the ensuring gunbattle, Smith said.
"We've got bullet fragments all over the place, casings all over the place, shotgun slugs all over the place, so it's really hard to determine at this point how many rounds were actually fired — but quite a few," Waters added.The shopkeeper was using slugs? That'll let a lot of blood out. It seems that our good shopkeeper was wounded in the shoulder but didn't realize it until he was trying to untie his wife.
Evidently, there's a fourth suspect on the loose, a reported getaway driver. Police are looking for him.
I'd like to buy that shopkeeper a beer.