Girlfriend of shooter: Incident in Wal-Mart parking lot was self defense

By Robin Pyle

The shooting in a Wal-Mart parking lot earlier this month was self-defense, the suspect’s girlfriend told police.

Sultan Al-Bizri’s girlfriend said she was in his vehicle early Jan. 23 when he shot Michael Devon Napper five times, court documents released Monday show.

The woman, who said she was a passenger in the vehicle, also confirmed to authorities the weapon they found over the weekend in the couple’s North Lubbock apartment was used on Napper.

Napper, 20, was shot in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the 700 block of West Loop 289 by a man he said rear-ended him just before midnight at a nearby Taco Bell.

Napper said he followed the man and confronted him, which is when the man rolled his window up, Napper told The Avalanche-Journal. Napper said he knocked on the window, and the man rolled it back down and started shooting.

Al-Bizri remained jailed Monday in lieu of a $500,000 bond for assault, $5,000 for felony possession of a firearm and $750 for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to jail records.

It’s not the first time he’s been arrested.

Harris County court records show Al-Bizri, who is listed as being from Humble, was charged in 2005 with possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone and possession of marijuana.

Al-Bizri has been in the Lubbock area since at least fall 2007, when he started classes at South Plains College. School records show he is a sophomore taking pre-engineering courses.

Police didn’t know if Al-Bizri had an attorney. A couple of his Facebook friends didn’t return online messages Monday.

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