A 35-year-old Dallas man in Houston on business was shot outside a Montrose gay bar early Wednesday after two men robbed and beat him.
The man was shot in the hip about 12:20 a.m. as he left Crocker Bar on Crocker Street, according to Houston police and KPRC, which first reported the incident on Thursday.
“Even as they were putting a gun in my face, I didn't not take it seriously but I didn't really understand fully what was going on. I was so in shock,” the man told KPRC.
The victim, who was also beaten and kicked, was treated for his injuries at Memorial Hermann Hospital, Houston police spokesperson Kese Smith told Project Q Houston.
As the victim was walking to his car two men – one armed with a handgun – approached him and demanded his wallet, Smith said.
“The victim thought the gun was a fake and attempted to walk away and that is when the armed suspect shot him. Both suspects then proceeded to physically assault the victim,” Smith said.
A witness saw the two men kicking and punching the victim and flagged down a police officer. The assailants then ran down a side street and likely fled in a vehicle, Smith said.
Police said robbery appears to be the motive. But, Smith added, investigators don't have good descriptions of the assailants, who remain at large.
“Any help the public can provide would be much appreciated,” Smith said.
Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to contact Crime Stoppers.
In March, Juan Carlos Ramirez was gunned down and killed in the parking lot of F Bar. Two teens were quickly arrested and charged with shooting the 22-year-old gay man. The incident sparked an emotional outpouring from the city's LGBT community, including a rally in Montrose.
In February, John Gaspari was attacked as he walked home from Meteor. His assailants yelled, “Get the fag” during the attack as one of his attackers shot him in the stomach.