A 20-year-old man from Houston was led into an ambush by four women who approached him and asked for a ride.
The incident happened a little after midnight last Thursday, Houston police said.
While walking to his vehicle in the parking lot of Planet Fitness, the young man was stopped by four women who were looking for a ride. Once he agreed, the women got into the car and he proceeded to drive from the gym on Scott Street to their destination on the east side of town.
According to Houston police, as the young man was approaching the spot where the women had asked to be dropped off, one of them suddenly leaped from the car. He stopped and saw two men carrying guns rushing toward his vehicle; one of them opened his door and the other stood at the car’s rear.
Lt. Ignacio Izaguirre with the Houston Police Department told ABC 13, “Fearing for his life, he sped away, at which point … the Black male suspect discharged a firearm, striking him in the abdomen area.”
When the young man came to a stop shortly after escaping the gunfire, one of the women still in the car snatched his keys from the ignition and they all fled on foot.
Police arrived on the scene on Clinton Park Street after nearby residents called 911. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital for surgery and is expected to survive his injuries.
The Houston Police Robbery Division is investigating the incident, according to KHOU, and the suspects have yet to be identified.
No additional information is available at this time.
This incident happened amid rising crime that has swept through DFW in recent years. The trend has been most notable in Dallas, where city officials struggle to find effective measures to fight criminal behavior and protect city inhabitants, as The Dallas Express continues to report.
Due to the substantial hikes seen in motor vehicle thefts alone last year, the city is one of the most dangerous places in the country to own a car, as The Dallas Express previously reported.