A man was shot in the leg Friday night outside the Third Ward food mart that is home to a well-known mural honoring George Floyd, police said.
Three young men walk in front of the George Floyd mural in the Third Ward on August 12.
The man was injured around 10:15 p.m. but is expected to survive, Houston police Lt. R. Wilkins said. Witnesses told police that a black SUV drove up, fired one shot at the man and drove away.
Wilkins said police believe the shooting was gang-related, and the department’s gang division will help with the investigation.
The shooting happened outside the Scott Food Mart, which has a large mural of Floyd on its wall.
Floyd, who grew up in the nearby Cuney Homes, died in Minneapolis police custody in May, sparking nationwide protests and a reckoning over racial discrimination.
Wadeedah Edwards-Germany, who was at the store at the time of the shooting, said it ammounted to a senseless act of violence.
“All I can tell you is some insensitive, immature person came to this address here at Floyd’s monument, decided to shoot and be impolite,” she said.
“It’s tired. Enough is enough. Everyone is tired. We would like to raise our children here. We have talented children. We have awesome kids, we have awesome adults, we have awesome elders.”