Shooting prompts SWAT response in southwest Houston

- An early morning shooting in southwest Houston turned into a SWAT standoff Sunday.

Houston police say two men got into an argument in the Woodscape Apartment complex on South Gessner Road around 1:30 Sunday morning. Police say at some point during the argument, one of the men went back into his unit and returned with a gun, and shot the victim twice.

Assistant Police Chief, Wendy Baimbridge says the suspect picked up his shell cases from the parking lot then barricaded himself inside his unit, which prompted the SWAT presence.

After a negotiator called out to the suspect for 30 minutes, SWAT team members went into his unit.

Baimbridge says the suspect surrendered peacefully and he was arrested.

The victim was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in critical condition but homicide investigators were on scene in the event the case becomes a homicide.

Baimbridge said, "We hope, God willing that the complainant survives. At that point there's probably going to be aggravated assault [charge], if not, it'll be a murder charge."

Police say they have witnesses who identified the shooter, in case the victim doesn't survive.
Baimbridge says the suspect could also face a charge of tampering with evidence because he allegedly picked up his shell casings.

Police have not released the names of the suspected shooter or the victim.

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