HOUSTON (FOX 26) - A soldier with the U.S. Army is struggling to survive after he was shot in the head on Sunday night. Investigators are calling it a case of road rage. Private First Class Luis Diaz, who was stationed in Germany, had just returned home to Houston on Sunday and had planned to surprise his parents and brother. He had taken a two-week leave, but just hours into his visit, someone fired gunshots at him.
It is upsetting that someone selflessly serving our country could be gunned down in this way, not in combat, but in his own hometown.
“He's a good guy, very sweet guy, family first kind of guy," explains Ashlee and Julie Guzman, who have known Diaz for some time. "It's a little unfair. That's what I was telling my sister, I think it's very unfair this happened to him because he's a really good guy, humble, very humble,”
It was their brother's Dodge Charger that Diaz was driving on Sunday night and their brother was in the front passenger seat with Diaz on South Post Oak Road At Orem Drive at around 11 p.m. Two other men were in a car that appeared to be swerving across the road and moving at a high rate of speed.
”They were trying to go around the car because (the driver of that car) was driving crazy and then they pulled up behind my brother's car tailgating them and then they pulled to the left side and (the other driver) was trying to hit my brother’s car and they just opened fire,” explains Ashlee.
Private First Class Diaz was shot behind his left ear. After the 22-year-old soldier was shot, the car continued through the intersection and crashed into another vehicle. Diaz’s passenger wasn't injured.
“They were at the wrong place at the wrong time," says Julie. "It shouldn't have been him.”
Private Diaz graduated from Bellaire High School. His friends say he is still in critical condition. Houston police investigators are searching surveillance video from that area to try to find the gunman. Detectives say the shooter may have been in a white 'boxy type' vehicle such as a Toyota Scion.