On Saturday, close to midnight, a man parked his vehicle on a street near a Houston, Texas apartment complex where he and his family lived. After parking the car, police state that two men approached the vehicle to steal it. One of the men shot the owner of the vehicle in front of his wife and 10-year-old child because his car had a manual transmission.
Pedro Aguilar, 47, the victim in the Houston incident reportedly died at the scene. Right now, police believe the men, who appeared to be in their late teens shot Aguilar out of anger once they discovered that they could not drive his vehicle because it had a manual transmission. Police called the crime scene “frantic and busy,” reports the Houston Chronicle.
According to Houston police reports, when the men attempted to steal the vehicle they had a gun pointed at Aguilar as they approached him. Realizing they could not drive the manual car, they shot Aguilar and fled the scene. The two men have yet to be found.
Mr. Aguilar’s wife, Ana, and their child had gotten out of the vehicle and were helping him parallel park when a sedan, they did not recognize, pulled up beside them. There were at least two individuals in the sedan. Two men then exited the car and held Aguilar at gunpoint. They ordered him to get out of the car. One of the men pistol whipped Aguilar because he felt that he was taking too long to get out of the vehicle, reports the Daily Mail.
The two men then got inside of Aguilar’s vehicle, but both became enraged when they realized that the car had a manual transmission. At this point they exited the car and shot Aguilar in the chest in front of his family, reports Jalopnik.com.
Officers are now searching for two men, who are in their late teens or early 20s. It is believed that they may still be driving the sedan they were in when they killed Aguilar.
While speaking with local media, Mr. Aguilar’s son, Kevin, paid tribute to his dad, who was a mechanic. Kevin Agular said that his father was the best person he knew. He added that he was his inspiration and his “everything.” Kevin shared that his dad was always happy and wanted the best for him and his family. He said the Houston family is having a difficult time coming to terms with their loss.
By Tammy Marie Rose