A mother of two was shot to death during a home invasion, and authorities are searching for the suspects, according to Texas police.
Family and friends said on social media Hope R. Saenz was killed during a shootout at a Houston apartment Sunday, Oct. 22.
Police say Saenz was at the apartment she shared with her husband and two young children when two men tried to force their way in, according to KPRC.
Saenz’s husband told police he answered the door and saw the men holding a gun. He told Saenz to call 911, and she grabbed a gun and a shootout began, police told KPRC.
Saenz shot at the men but was hit by gunfire, KRIV reported.
“What we know of right now, from the witnesses and the 911 calls and the statements we’ve been able to get, is it does appear to have started out as a home invasion-style robbery. We don’t really know the cause of that yet, but we are working on it,” Cmdr. S. Casko told KTRK.
Witnesses told police they saw the two men go in and out of the apartment several times. Saenz’s husband said he chased after them and they began shooting at him, KTRK reported.
The husband told police he recognized the men, according to KRIV.
“I’m so sorry this happened to you… You didn’t deserve this,” one person wrote on Facebook.
“I just can’t believe it’s real but it is … it’s so heartbreaking,” Saenz’s brother commented on Facebook.
It’s unclear if the two children were outside or inside the apartment at the time of the shooting.
The husband was not injured, and police are still investigating, according to KPRC.