A 42-year old Texas nail salon owner was shot by a customer over the price of a manicure and pedicure, according to police, reports NBC News. A 21-year-old woman is accused of shooting the Asian male owner of Katy Nails in Houston on May 29th. Police arrested Joana Vara for her alleged involvement in the shooting on Thursday. The victim is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
According to authorities, Joana and her sister Quetzali Vara, 20, entered Katy Nails and received a manicure and pedicure. The two got into an argument with the owner because they were “unhappy with the price of the services.”
Joana left the store leaving her sister behind arguing with the owner. However, she returned but the male owner tried to push her out. Joana then allegedly pulled a handgun out of her purse and shot the owner in the chest before leaving the business. She then allegedly returned a few seconds later and shot the victim again, reports ABC 13 News.
The sisters fled the scene after.
The victim was airlifted to Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center. He is in critical but stable condition.
According to the police statement, Joana left her phone at the salon.
Joana Vara has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities did not charge her sister, Quetzali with any charges related to the shooting. However, she was charged with evading after the incident as she allegedly ran multiple red lights, struck another vehicle, and recklessly drove.