Houston police are looking for a suspect they say shot two men at a gas station on Wednesday because his girlfriend was catcalled.
Gas station surveillance footage captured the harrowing confrontation.
Police said two men commented on the suspect’s girlfriend’s looks as she walked into the convenience store, KPRC reported.
This led to an argument between the two men and the suspect.
The conflict escalated and the woman’s boyfriend pulled out a firearm and fired six shots at the other men. The two men were hit in the legs, according to police. They were taken to a nearby hospital and are expected to survive, according to KPRC.
Police are still looking for the couple, who fled in a black Dodge Charger.
The Houston catcalling shooting amid tensions over gun violence
An Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, – and another shooting in Dayton, Ohio the same weekend – have inflamed an already tense national conversation about gun violence.
Proponents of gun control have been extremely vocal in renewing calls for more restrictions on firearms. But gun rights advocates have arguably been just as vehement in resisting such proposals.
Texas, a state known for its strong firearms culture, has been a meeting point of sorts for the range of opinions populating the gun debate.
A series of laws scheduled to take effect next month will make it easier for Texans to obtain firearms in a state known for already having loose restrictions on gun ownership.
Last week, a Texas woman alerted the media after seeing a gun store advertising its wares with a “back to school sale.”
Meanwhile, during an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo last Monday, an El Paso shooting survivor lamented the fact that his mother did not have her firearm with her while the deadly attack was taking place.
- Houston police are looking for a suspect they say shot two men Wednesday because his girlfriend was catcalled.: Screen grab