Security guard opens fire, kills replacement at Houston shopping center

HOUSTON, Texas (CNN) -- Texas deputies say a security guard who recently lost his job opened fire and killed his replacement Saturday at a shopping center in Houston. 

Authorities took the suspected gunman into custody after they say he shot and killed the victim.  

Investigators say the company they worked for provided security for a food market. 

Deputies learned even though the alleged shooter lost his job weeks ago, businesses at the shopping plaza still paid him when he continued to show up for work. 

Officers say Saturday afternoon, November 24th he noticed another security guard working instead of him. 

"The security guard pulled his weapon and discharged it multiple times into our victim, a 38-year-old Hispanic male who unfortunately died at the scene. It's just a sad thing," Sgt. Robert Spurgeon with the Harris County Sheriff's Office said.

Customers described the suspect as someone who sometimes had run-ins with co-workers. Deputies say it's unclear why the security guard lost his job.