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Security guard shot while patrolling Galveston hotel lot dies

April 17–The security guard shot several times at Galveston’s San Luis Hotel has died, officials said Sunday.

Philip Molis was gunned down April 9 while patrolling the hotel’s back lot just after 10 p.m. When the 23-year-old guard approached a group of men possibly involved in suspicious activity, a man turned and opened fire. The gunmen then fled the parking lot. Molis was taken to the University of Texas Medical Branch, where he underwent surgery and was initially listed in critical condition.

On Monday, police identified a 21-year-old known gang member believed to be the primary suspect in the shooting. Tyronne Davis Haynes was arrested for criminal trespassing, though he was not immediately charged in connection with the shooting. Galveston Police Department Capt. Joshua Schirard said Haynes is a documented member of Missouri City’s Gorilla Mob 187 gang. He was initially held in lieu of $5,000 bail, but later prosecutors added a charge of engaging in organized criminal activity and upped his bail to $105,000. As of Sunday morning, he was still in the Galveston County Jail.

Police believe at least two other men were involved in the shooting.

“These suspects don’t care if it was a police officer, a security guard,” Schirard said last week. “They just turned around and shot.”

Authorities are asking community members with information to contact their tip line at 409-765-3762 or the Galveston branch of Crime Stoppers at 409-763-8477. As word of Molis’ death spread through the community, friends and family took to Facebook to mourn.

“I love you my Angel, may God lead (you) into the gates of Paradise in heaven,” his mother, Julie Molis, wrote online. She later told the Chronicle it’s been a “really tough time” and declined to offer more comment immediately.

A family friend said she knew Molis since he was a child.

“He was a great kid,” said family friend Jen Sims. “I pray all the guys involved are caught soon and courts show no mercy.”


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