At least, nine people were injured early Monday when a man armed with several weapons opened fire on vehicles in southwest Houston, the largest city in the U.S. state of Texas. The attacker was said to be wearing a military attire with Nazi emblems.
Image shows police at the site where gunshots were fired.
According the Houston police, it started when police and firefighters responded at about 6:30 a.m. local time (1130 GMT) after reports of a shooting victim at a strip center on Weslayan at Bissonnet.
As of 8:45 a.m.local time (1345 GMT), the scene is secure but a bomb squad was checking the suspect’s vehicle.
Several vehicles that stopped near the scene had bullet holes and busted windows. The injured persons were said to be drivers or passengers in the vehicles that were struck.
Initial investigation as confirmed by Texas city’s police chief Martha Montalvo, showed that the suspect was a disgruntled lawyer from Houston area, and the police have confirmed he had been killed.
However, authorities would not identify the man by name until pending investigations are completed, and his family is briefed.
Image shows a police investigator taking pictures of a damaged vehicle in a Texas mall parking lot.
“The shots were coming almost non-stop. Four, five, six at a time,” said Jaime Zamora, a cameraman for Houston television station KTRK, who witnessed some of the shooting. He estimated that between 30 and 50 shots were fired.
“Multiple officers engaged the suspect, who was shooting randomly at passersby,” Captain Dwayne Ready of the Houston Police Department told a late-afternoon news conference.
He used a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a .45 caliber semi-automatic Thompson Carbine rifle, and had 2,600 rounds of live ammunition, police said. Both weapons were purchased legally, and the shooter had a concealed-carry license, the ATF said.
According to the police, six people were rushed to hospitals for medical treatment, but their conditions are unknown. Three others, suffering from slight injuries, left the scene.
The police said that they have begun to investigate the cause of the shooting.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told KTRK that it appeared the shooter may have been disgruntled over his law firm, which “went awry.” But law enforcement said they were not yet ready to ascribe a motive to the gunman’s actions.