Group Hunting Intended Target Kills Neighbor After He Intervenes: Police

Police in Houston say that a man was killed Thursday night after he attempted to intervene as a group of men were trying to shoot his neighbor.

Police responded to a call about a shooting at an apartment complex after 9 p.m. and found the 23-year-old victim with gunshot wounds, according to a Friday news release from the city. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Officers were advised there was an argument between multiple armed male suspects and a couple. The victim was said to have intervened in an attempt to de-escalate the situation. The suspects opened fire and struck the victim multiple times," the Houston Police Department stated in the release.

Group Hunting Intended Target Kill Neighbor
Police in Houston say that a man was killed Thursday night after he attempted to intervene as a group of men were trying to shoot his neighbor. Above, Houston police vehicles are seen at a crime scene on May 15. Mark Felix

The victim's identity is still pending until his family is notified by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences, police said.

Local news station KTRK reported that police said the group went to the apartment complex intending to a shoot a different man, and had been at the apartment for 30 minutes carrying guns.

"From what we are being told, he walked over there, actually got in between [the] gunmen and their intended target and some other folks that were there," Houston Police Lieutenant R. Willkens said, according to the news station. "He was telling them, from what I understand, some of our witnesses were telling us he said, 'If y'all want to fight, fight, but put the guns up.' Evidently they didn't. They started shooting, and he's the one that took the blunt of all of the rounds."

It's unclear why the group was targeting the other man.

A spokesperson for the Houston Police Department directed Newsweek to Friday's news release, and said no one has been arrested in connection with the shooting.

In a separate incident last month, a bystander was shot inside a Walmart when a fight between two women at the store ended with one discharging a firearm and missing her target.

"The suspect appeared to have missed the intended target and struck the victim, who was unrelated to the altercation. Both females involved in the altercation ran off before police arrived," Sergeant Philip Krynsky told Newsweek at the time.

The woman suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.

Last weekend, a shooting at a party in Virginia left seven people injured and one dead. In total, six people were shot, and two suffered "non-firearm related injuries" at the event where 50 to 100 people were present.

Meanwhile, police in Cincinnati said this week that a fired employee shot a manager at a Little Caesars Pizza restaurant after she tried to get her job back. The suspect, Angel Kidd, was arrested for felonious assault.

"After being told she would not be re-hired she began fighting the store manager in the parking lot. During the struggle (Kidd) pulled a gun and shot the store manager in the left leg. (She) fled the scene in a blue SUV," police said, according to Fox 19.