Javier Flores, 18, and his mother were both working at a Subway in southeast Houston around 8 p.m. when two men rushed into the store. He had his friends' back, his family's back, like always.
Reiterated the best friend, Helizander Rodriguez: 'He had my back.
Police said the two suspects may be linked to another Subway restaurant robbery that happened after the shooting. Patrol officers were called to the Subway on the 3900 block of Broadway, where they found the employee in his late teens with a gunshot wound to the neck. VIDEO: Houston Police Department Detective David Crowder addresses media after shootingPolice say the two suspects walked into the restaurant and pointed the gun at the victim's mother. Just as the suspect fired off a shot, Flores pushed his mother out of the way, and the bullet hit him instead.
"Witnesses said one of the suspects was around 18 to 20 years old, 5'6" to 5'8" tall, dark in complexion and wearing a dark blue hoodie with black trousers.
The two gunmen ran from the restaurant without taking any of the cash, and drove away in a gold or tan colored sedan and were seen headed south on Interstate 45.
The second suspect was described as being 17 years old, wearing a light blue hoodie and dark trousers as well.
They are described only as black men, one in his mid-teens and the other between 18-30, according to police.
There were no customers in the restaurant at the time. He had on a light blue colored hoodie and black trousers.