Dad Unloading Groceries Shot to Death in Front of Wife and 3 Kids, Who Were Sitting in Family Car

A Texas man was shot to death in front of his wife and three children as he unloaded groceries from the family car, police said.

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Manuel Rodriguez, 28, had just returned from grocery shopping with his family at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, according to the Houston Police Department. The dad was picking up bags of food when an unidentified assailant approached, holding a gun and demanding cash.

The two scuffled, with the would-be shooting Rodriguez once in the chest, police said. Rodriguez then pulled out his own gun and fired several rounds, police said.

His wife and three children, ages 1, 2 and 8, were all inside the car, the woman told KTRK-TV. She asked that her name be withheld and her face not shown.

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“There was a man just waiting for us,” she told the station. “He tried to shoot at my babies, too. He tried to open the door” to the car’s backseat, where her kids were, she said.

Her husband, she said, died protecting his family.

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