Business Owner Defends Auto Shop From Armed Robbers
This news story first appeared on ABC13 in Houston.
HOUSTON (KTRK) — At least one person was in the hospital Saturday night after a business owner confronted two armed gunmen, leading to a shootout that was caught on camera.
The owner of the business shot at the suspects. He said if it wasn’t for his gun, his family and friends could have been killed.
Surveillance video in the lobby at A B Motors in the 13500 block of the East Freeway at Evanston shows a man rushing in, holding a bag and gun. Another armed man was right behind him, wearing a bandana. Both were demanding cash.
“These people came in the right time when I got cash inside the office,” owner Mack Agaybi said.
Agaybi told us he saw the men running through his parking lot from his office, so he got out his gun.
“I opened the door a little and I see somebody right in front of me, going like that with a gun,” Agaybi recalled.
The gunfight that ensued was caught on camera. The two suspects ran out of the lobby, and Agaybi could be seen running out after them.
“First I said, ‘Is anybody hurt?’ No, and left,” Agaybi said. “But they was running. I came back and tried to see my friend.”
Agaybi realized his friend has been shot in the head.
The armed suspects got away. Bullet holes and shattered glass were left behind by the shootout.
“I picked up my friend and I put him in my car and ran to the I-10 clinic. I did not wait for the ambulance or anything,” Agaybi said.
Houston police said the man who was shot will be OK.
In the meantime, Agaybi says he will donate $1,000 to Crime Stoppers for a reward to help get these suspects caught.
Police have little information about the suspects, but an officer told us they fled the scene in a newer-model grey Chevrolet Impala.
Anyone with information about this crime can call Houston police or Crime Stoppers.
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