Houston crime: Woman shot and killed outside SW Houston hookah bar is city’s first murder in 2022

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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — As people across the city welcomed in 2022, investigators in southwest Houston responded to the first murder of the new year.

Houston police responded to a fight that led to gunfire in the 11700 block of Wilcrest near Bellfort just after 2 a.m. Saturday.

Homicide investigators said a woman and her boyfriend were leaving Five Nine Bar and Lounge when they got into a verbal argument with a group of men in the parking lot.

The argument escalated into a fist fight involving multiple people, police said. That’s when two men pulled out guns and fired multiple rounds in all directions.

The woman, identified as 24-year-old Italia McGregor, was shot pronounced dead at the scene.

A 23-year-old man and a 31-year-old man were also shot, police said, One of the men was treated at the scene and the other was taken to a local hospital, where he has since been released.

Investigators said they found 15 to 20 shell casings at the scene.

HPD released surveillance images of the two men they believe are responsible for the shooting.

Investigators said they fled the scene in a white Dodge Charger.

Anyone with information on the identities or whereabouts of the two suspects is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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