Sugar Land man was sentenced to 50 years in prison this week for
shooting a tattoo artist at a Richmond Avenue tattoo parlor, Harris
County District Attorney Kim Ogg
victim in this case was moments away from leaving for the night when
the defendant came in and started trouble,” Ogg said. “While another
employee began to remove
the defendant from the shop, the defendant started shooting. Because of
his actions, a family lost a loved one and the gunman will spend
decades in prison.”
noted that she wants an end to a culture of gun violence that continues
to see people indiscriminately pull out guns and start shooting.
Khan, 27, was sentenced Thursday to 50 years in prison and a $10,000
fine by the Harris County jury that convicted him of murder for the
fatal shooting of
33-year-old Peter Pina, a tattoo artist at the Electric Chair Tattoo
& Piercing shop on Richmond, on June 14, 2016.
was late on a Tuesday night when Khan went into the shop with a friend
who wanted a tattoo. Khan was there for less than an hour and eventually
went into an employee-only
back room where equipment is sterilized. Pina and another employee told
him to leave the room, which had piercing needles, tattoo equipment and
biological waste. When Khan refused to leave, Pina’s co-worker grabbed
the defendant by the arm to escort him out
the back door.
pulled a pistol out of his pocket and shot Pina in the chest. Another
tattoo artist and a customer were able to get the gun away from Khan.
They held him there until
Houston Police Department officers arrived.
Pina was pronounced dead at the scene.
District Attorney Stacy Scofield, a chief prosecutor who handled the
case with ADA Keegan Childers, said Pina’s three sons are now growing up
without a father
because of Khan’s actions.
Pina was a hardworking man who had custody of his three sons and was
taking care of them,” Scofield said. “He went to work at one of his
three jobs and never came
home again because Mr. Khan murdered him.”
noted that Khan has several charges pending in Dallas, including an
allegation that he pulled a gun on a police officer. After he was
charged with Pina’s murder
and arrested, Khan was freed on bail and went to Dallas. While there,
he was thrown out of a bar in Deep Ellum and pulled a gun on a homeless
man and then a local business owner.
the police arrived to detain him, he is seen on a Dallas police
officer’s body-worn camera pointing a gun directly at her at chest
level. He then points at another
officer and tries to run away while pointing his gun at the officers.
jurors who sentenced Khan on Thursday saw the body-worn video and heard
testimony from a Dallas Police Department officer about the case.
Communications Division, Harris County District Attorney’s Office
1201 Franklin St.
Houston, TX 77002