Atta Hussain

Atta Hussain

A Palestine business owner was arrested Tuesday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Atta Hussain, 55, of Katy, owner of the Valero convenience store at 3001 West Oak, allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun at a gas pump contractor.

Palestine Police received numerous calls about gunshots heard at the Valero convenience store, just before 7 p.m., Assistant Chief Mark Harcrow said.

Officers arrived and made contact with Syed Khaliq, 38, of Houston, a contractor working on the fuel pumps.

Khaliq said the store owner became angry after disputing fees owed to the contractor.

Khaliq also said the store owner retrieved a handgun and fired multiple shots toward Khaliq and his vehicle.

Khaliq escaped without injuries.

After interviewing witnesses and reviewing security footage, officers arrested Hussain and recovered the 9 mm handgun used in the assault.

Hussain was transported to the Anderson County Jail and booked without incident.

Bond amount is unknown at the time of the release.

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