Southeast Houston weekend shooting suspect arrested, charged with murder

Charges have been filed against a suspect following a weekend shooting in southeast Houston on Sunday afternoon, police said. 

Houston police said 21-year-old Antonio E. Batres, 21, is charged with murder in the 177th State District Court. 

The shooting occurred on the 7500 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. 

Authorities said when they arrived on the scene, they found a store employee, later identified as Batres, shot the victim, who was 49-years-old.

A preliminary investigation indicated the victim attempted to shoplift from the store but was confronted by store employees, one of them being Batres. 

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Police stated that Batres and the victim got into a physical altercation. 

Further investigation revealed the victim had his back toward Batres, who then pulled out a pistol and shot the victim several times. 

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The victim was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.