Lowe’s employee in Houston shot after confronting alleged shoplifter

Posted at 10:17 AM, Jan 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-02 11:18:19-05

HOUSTON – A man shot an employee in a Lowe’s store in Houston after the employee accused him of shoplifting.

KPRC-TV reports that the shooting was reported at 11:38 a.m. Tuesday at a Lowe’s near Gulfgate Shopping Center in southeast Houston.

Officials reported to KPRC that the man was shoplifting a Dewalt drill valued at $599 when a 59-year-old male employee confronted the shoplifter at the door of the store. The shoplifter pulled out a gun, shot the employee in the abdomen and fled.

The employee was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital after the altercation and underwent surgery.

Harris County officials released a photo of a person of interest in hopes they would lead to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call the Harris County Constable Pct. 6 Silvia Trevino’s Office at 713-274-3400.