Shots fired at Belle’s Country Store
By LeaAnne Klentzman
After several attempted burglaries at his store; a shop owner decided to sleep in his business to protect it.
In the early hours of Sunday morning, September 8, Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shots fired call at Belle’s Country Store in Kendleton. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Heanel, the store owner was sleeping in the store when he awoke at 3:30 am to the sounds of someone breaking into this business. Haenel said, “He stood up and saw a man pounding the window with what he believed to be a rock. He grabbed his handgun and shot three times. He was unsure as to whether any of his three shots hit the suspect.” The store owner immediately called 911 after firing the shots said Haenel.
An immediate search of the area left deputies baffled until Rosenberg Police called and reported a man suffering from gunshot wounds at the Waffle House under suspicious circumstances.
A short time later, deputies were contacted by Rosenberg Police after a man showed up at the Waffle House on U.S. 59 in Rosenberg, just 15 miles east of the shooting scene in Kendleton, with gunshot wounds and a suspicious story. Haenel said, “The 24-year-old man at the Waffle house was wearing shorts and no shirt. He said he had been shot at a location near U.S. 59 and Grunwald Road, which is east of Kendleton.”
The injured man was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center where he was treated for two gunshot wounds to the abdomen. His condition at press time was unavailable. Haenel said the case remains under investigation and will be referred to the Grand Jury.
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