Houston crime: Italia McGregor gunned down outside SW Houston hookah bar is city’s first murder of 2022

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – As residents of the city congratulated each other in 2022, investigators in southwest Houston responded to the first murder of the new year.

Houston Police responded to a scuffle that resulted in gunfire in Wilcrest Block 11700 near Bellfort just after 2 a.m. on Saturday.

Homicide investigators said a woman and her boyfriend were leaving the Five Nine Bar and Lounge when the boyfriend was assaulted by three or four men.

Investigators said several people rushed to try and help the man. It was at this point that several people pulled out their guns and started shooting in different directions.

A witness told ABC13 that she heard gunshots, then later realized that the shooting was taking place outside the parking lot and that a gunshot victim was on the ground near the door. ‘Entrance.

The woman, identified as 24-year-old Italia McGregor, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

A family member told ABC13 that McGregor was a mother of three and her youngest child was only 2 months old.

A 23-year-old man and a 31-year-old man were also shot dead, police said. One of the men was treated on the spot and the other was taken to a local hospital, where he has since been released. Investigators said they found 15 to 20 cartridge cases at the scene.

Witnesses described a chaotic and traumatic scene.

“Everyone was like asking him to stay alive to keep breathing, you know, to try and keep fighting,” recalls one witness.

The witness said several people tried to help McGregor and even performed CPR, but it was too late.

HPD has released surveillance footage of two men seen fleeing the parking lot in a white Dodge Charger.

Anyone with information on the identity or whereabouts of the two suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

“At this point, we don’t know the motive, the subject of the argument. At this point, we don’t think the argument or anything has taken place within the company,” the detective said. Jason Escobar said. “What we do know is that there are clear cameras. We are still looking at the video footage, and it shows that as soon as the complainant and his girlfriend come out, he is attacked by three or four men.”

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