Three men were killed Thursday in a gunbattle Harris County deputies said was likely the result of a drug robbery.
Who was robbing who was still unclear late Thursday, said Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland.
Deputies were called to Briarchase near Torrey Forest Drive about 10 a.m. after gunshots were heard in the area.
When they arrived, they found two males inside a white Ford Mustang. The car had bullet holes in it and appeared to have been driven down the street, jumped a curb and stopped when it hit the corner of a house.
The third victim was lying in a parking area of a park. A handgun was seen on the ground next to the body.
All the victims appear to be in their mid-20s.
"As of right now, we don't think there is a suspect on the loose," Gilliland said.Deputies found a handgun and less than a pound of marijuana in the car. Also in the car was a backpack, which investigators have not yet opened.
Harold Johnson, a retired 29-year HPD officer who lives in the northwest Harris County neighborhood, said about 20 minutes before the shooting, he saw a young man who was wearing the same type of clothes as the victim in the parking lot.
Johnson said he saw the man carrying a backpack and standing by the curb in the area as if he were waiting for someone.
Johnson said he had never seen the man in the neighborhood before.
Torrey Pines Park, where one body was found, has a sand volleyball court near slides and jungle gyms for children.
Neighbors who gathered behind the yellow crime scene tape to watch deputies investigate the scene said their neighborhood is a quiet, peaceful place.
Speeding is the most common crime in the area, although there have been home invasions and burglaries as well. There has never been something as awful as a triple homicide in the area, they said.
During his years as a police officer, Johnson said he had seen crime ruin neighborhoods. However, this neighborhood has had nothing as serious as homicides.
"This is the worst that's ever happened," Johnson said.
Anthony Sidney, president of the homeowner's association, said deputy constables and sheriff's deputies regularly patrol the neighborhood's streets.
"Usually it's pretty safe," Sidney said. "I think we have one of the safest neighborhoods."
Nina Zenon, a 15-year resident of the neighborhood agreed. She said she walks her dogs daily on the quiet streets of single-family homes and has never felt threatened or unsafe.
"It's a very good neighborhood," Zenon said.
Residents said they would start taking more precautions and become more alert to protect themselves and their neighbors.
"I'm going to deputize myself for neighborhood watch," said 12-year resident Ken Walls.