A dispute between roommates led to an early Thursday morning shooting at a south Montgomery County apartment complex. According to investigators, a man secretly decided to move out of the apartment he shared with another man at the Dakota Canyon Apartments at Raypines and Brookhaven. He called friends to assist in the unannounced move. When the roommate who was about to be left behind learned of the plan, he reportedly became angry and tossed the deceitful man’s things into a dumpster.
When the moving roommate’s friends arrived, an altercation erupted between them and the angry roommate. The dispute culminated in that roommate shooting one of the friends who arrived to help the other man move out.
The moving roommate and his friends took the wounded man to a 24-hour emergency clinic around the corner, where medical personnel had him transported to Hermann Hospital. The 25-year-old male victim had a gunshot wound to the chest and was listed in critical condition as of this writing, with emergency surgery underway.
The shooting occurred in a common area of the complex near the shooter’s apartment. When police went to the apartment complex, they found the suspect’s vehicle parked there and believed he was at home. They contacted Assistant District Attorney Andrew James for a search warrant and called for SWAT to execute the warrant. The deputies on scene then backed away from the apartment to wait, which apparently caused the suspect to think they left. He then walked out of his apartment about five hours after the shooting and was taken into custody without incident.
In the course of the shooting investigation, deputies discovered the friends were traveling in a Cadillac that was reported stolen from a car dealership in Katy. While they were at the hospital interviewing the witnesses, one fled suddenly, and is believed to be the person who was in possession of the stolen car. He was described as a black male, wearing camouflage pants and a gray hoodie.