Man Slain at Tire Shop as Family Witnesses, Suspected Gunman Charged

Man Slain at Tire Shop as Family Witnesses, Suspected Gunman ChargedSource: X/Houston Police
Elliott Greene
Published on December 07, 2023

In Northeast Houston, a horrific shooting claimed the life of a 53-year-old man in what appears to have been a daylight confrontation gone deadly. Dwayne Warren Robinson suffered multiple gunshot wounds and passed away in front of a family, including three small children, outside Garza's Tire Shop on Lockwood Drive.

Anthony Ray Gardner, 42, has been arrested and charged with Robinson's murder. Gardner's history includes a 2001 conviction for killing a man with a bat. He is now additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. As per court records, he sits in Harris County Jail with a $500,000 bond, despite prosecutors initially requesting he be held without bond due to his prior criminal record, ABC13 reports.

Shop owner Martin Garza Torres described the incident that happened so fast, with the suspect allegedly firing shots at Robinson shortly after he pulled up to get air in his tires. Gardner, who Torres claims was a customer getting a tire serviced, had arrived only minutes before Robinson. "They were begging me to stay home. They were like Daddy don't go to work today after what happened. They were crying until they went to school," Torres disclosed in an interview with FOX 26 Houston.

The incident was captured on the store's surveillance equipment, putting the focus squarely on Gardner's maroon SUV spotted at the time of the crime. It remains unconfirmed if Gardner and Robinson had any prior acquaintance before this encounter unfolded. The case continues as Gardner is expected to appear in court again on Thursday morning.