HOUSTON, Texas – Authorities said alleged carjackers reportedly shot and killed a 47-year-old Houston-area father because his car had a manual transmission which they didn’t how to operate.
The alleged shooting reportedly took place when Pedro Aguilar, a mechanic, was returning to his Harris County apartment about 11 p.m. after dining out with his wife and 10-year-old daughter.
A report states the wife and daughter had gotten out of the car and guided Aguilar to a parking space when a sedan pulled up. Police said two young men got out and pointed a gun at Aguilar while he was still in the driver’s seat.
Deputies said the men allegedly pistol-whipped him and pulled him out because he was taking too much time. The thieves then got into the car but could not get it to drive because they didn’t know how to operate a manual transmission.
According to the report, police believe that one of the men shot the victim in the chest out of frustration over the manual transmission.
The suspects then went back to their vehicle, described as a silver or white four-door sedan, and fled the scene. A third man reportedly was driving the car.
All three men were described as being in their late-teens or early 20s. Aguilar reportedly died at the scene in front of his family.