Harris County sheriff’s detectives are questioning Aldine High School football coach Lionel Crawford’s account of a shooting Friday that sent him to the hospital.
“The original story told to us is not checking out,” said Christina Garza, a spokeswoman with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
Crawford, 40, told investigators he was shot in the stomach about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Scottish Inn & Suites on Rankin Road near the North Freeway.
Crawford said he pulled into the motel to use the restroom. He was getting out of his car when a man armed with a pistol suddenly moved toward him and opened fire, Garza said.
“The male (suspect) fled on foot. The victim in this case then got into his vehicle and left the scene,” Garza said.
Sheriff’s officials said Crawford drove to a nearby service station within the Houston city limits where he called 911.
Garza said she was hoping to have more information today about the questions over Crawford’s account of the events that led to his shooting.
His relatives and officials with the Aldine Independent School District have said Crawford was shot during an attempted carjacking.
Sheriff’s officials said they didn’t have any information that a carjacking took place, but said it does appear Crawford was the victim of a robbery or attempted robbery that night.
“What the real story is — we don’t know at this point,” Garza said. “That’s what (the detectives) are trying to get to the bottom of.”
Crawford was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital after the shooting.
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