Language barrier may have led to taco stand shooting
Published 1:04 pm, Thursday, February 7, 2013
A language barrier may have played a role in a shooting during a robbery at a mobile taco stand in north Harris County Wednesday night.
About 8:30 p.m., a man approached the order window at the 5 Estrellas mobile Mexican eatery on Airline near Memory Lane, said Deputy Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman for the Harris County Sheriff's Office.
He demanded money from a 54-year-old woman who was working the window. However, she didn't understand what he was saying because she only speaks Spanish, Gilliland said.
The suspect then crawled through the window and confronted a man who was working inside. He ordered the man to give him money. When the man said he had no money, the suspect fired one shot from what appeared to be a .380 caliber handgun. The man was wounded in the elbow.
The woman was not hurt.
The suspect grabbed two cellular phones from the workers and ran away.
He is described only as being in his 20s or 30s. He was between about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 5 feet 9 inches tall. He had a gold grill on his front teeth. He wore a gray shirt and black pants.