HOUSTON (FOX 26) — His name was Magdaleno Reyes Escobar. He painted houses, was a husband and the father of two children. Escobar had a life and he might have lost that life over a shiny new Dodge pickup truck.
The shooting was reported on a side street right off TC Jester at around 9 a.m. Monday, right outside James Goody's apartment complex.
"I don't know," said Goody. "I don't know exactly what happened."
Here's what we do know so far. Reyes had stopped to fix one of the family's cars that had apparently broken down. While he was working, a silver-gray Toyota Camry pulled up. A man got out of the passenger's side and approached Reyes. 20-to-30 seconds later, Reyes was on the ground bleeding to death and the Camry was speeding off. However, it wasn't a clean getaway.
"We had a mobility unit that was driving a marked police unit," said Sergeant Anthony Turner with Houston Police Department homicide division. "They were going to take it to the shop and they pulled up as the vehicle was leaving and they see a man on the ground with a lot of blood. They made the connection between the suspect and the vehicle."
Police nearby started searching for the Camry and they found it and some other evidence around five miles away, but the killer and the driver were gone. The Camry had been stolen from the Spring area. The daylight murder happened one block from not one but two schools and right outside a church.
Police released surveillance video on Tuesday. The suspect vehicle is in the upper left hand corner of the video. Police are looking for three male suspects.