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    Security guard shot at NW Houston game room

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    A security guard is recovering at the hospital after he was shot late Monday outside a northwest Houston game room, authorities said.

    Enrique Garcia, 50, was working at the Happy Times game room, 7013 N. Shepherd, when a man approached him in the doorway, police said.

    "He walked up, asked him for directions and then pointed a gun at him," said Victor Senties, a Houston Police Department spokesman.

    Garcia and the man then began struggling. The fight ended when the man opened fire, striking the guard in the head, police said.

    The man grabbed Garcia's pistol and fled. "He's still out there," Senties said.

    Garcia was unable to give investigators a detailed description of the man. He was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital , Senties said.

    Police have not determined the motive for the shooting, which remains under investigation.

    Houston City Councilwoman Toni Lawrence, who spearheaded the effort last year to crack down on the fast-proliferating gaming parlors, said the shooting of Garcia shows how dangerous they can be for patrons.

    "Even though some of the game rooms are hiring security, none of them are really safe places," Lawrence said. "If somebody would shoot a security guard, then certainly they would shoot just an innocent bystander."

    A worker at a southwest Houston game room was slain May 13 during an armed robbery. Employee Jian Guo Wang, 54, was fatally shot when he confronted the attackers inside the Kung Fu Club game room, 12313 Bellaire.

    Christian Calderon, 17; Fernando Gomez, 24; Eric Gomez, 20, and a female juvenile were charged with capital murder in Wang's death.

    Police officials say the more than 300 video gaming parlors operating in the city present lucrative targets for violent criminals. On average, a single 8-liner machine will bring in just under $500 each week for the owners.

    "That's all in cash," said HPD Lt. D.R. "Duke" Atkins. "When you go into those places that have 125 (machines), that's serious money."

    A security guard is recovering at the hospital after he was shot late Monday outside a...
    Its not how we die that counts.....
    Its not how we lived that counts....
    all that matters is how we saved that one life that one time by being in the right place at the right time....

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    This type of crime deserves long prison sentences, with no possibility of parole.