He went into a bathroom and came out with a gun, witnesses said.
A teenager has been accused of murdering his stepfather at a birthday party at a Texas restaurant.
The shooting occurred at 6 p.m. Wednesday night at the Shabu Zone in the Hong Kong City Mall in Houston.
According to investigators, the family was having a birthday party at the Asian buffet, which was full at the time. They said the 16-year-old went to the bathroom and reappeared with a semiautomatic pistol, returned to his family’s table and shot the 48-year-old in the head once. He died at the scene.
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The teenager immediately fled the restaurant on foot. A security guard outside called a police officer who was investigating another incident in the area; he chased him on foot, caught up with the suspect and detained him.
The identity of the victim, who is Asian, has not yet been revealed, and will not be until all family members have been notified.
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Due to his age, the suspect’s name or photo has also not been released.
According to Houston Deputy Chief of Police Ben Tien, there were many witnesses to the crime, but fortunately no one else was injured.
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“As you can imagine, it is dinner time, it was quite full,” he told reporters outside. “There are also a lot of people hanging around, this is a very busy commercial area, and also a busy intersection of Bellaire and Boone.”
While they have yet to confirm a motive, Tien insisted it was not a race-related crime.
“This is a family situation,” he said. “But I wanted to make it very clear that this is not an incident related to a hate crime; it is strictly a family related incident.”
“Every time there is a loss of life, it is always a tragedy, but you can imagine how delicate this is now that it involves a family member,” he added.
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