Nine in­jured in ‘Nazi’ shoot­ing, sus­pect killed

The Myanmar Times - - World -

A GUN­MAN who po­lice say was wear­ing mil­i­tary at­tire with Nazi em­blems opened fire in Houston, wound­ing nine peo­ple be­fore po­lice killed him in an ex­change of gun­fire.

The shooter was a Houston-area lawyer, the Texas city’s po­lice chief Martha Mon­talvo told a news con­fer­ence on Septem­ber 26. But au­thor­i­ties would not iden­tify the man by name, pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion and no­ti­fi­ca­tion of his fam­ily.

Au­thor­i­ties and wit­nesses de­scribed a har­row­ing scene in which the shooter stood next to his car – us­ing a tree for cover – and fired a ri­fle and a hand­gun in­dis­crim­i­nately at pass­ing cars and at re­spond­ing po­lice of­fi­cers.

“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.

Lo­cal sta­tions broad­cast images of mul­ti­ple cars with bul­let holes and bro­ken win­dows.

Of the nine peo­ple in­jured, six were sent to hos­pi­tals, while three were treated and re­leased near the scene of the in­ci­dent. One per­son was in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and an­other in se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

“We have high hopes that all these folks are go­ing to sur­vive their in­juries,” said David Persse, Houston’s med­i­cal di­rec­tor.

When po­lice re­sponded to re­ports of gun­fire, they en­gaged in a shootout with the sus­pect. No of­fi­cers were in­jured. The shooter was wear­ing what ap­peared to be his­toric mil­i­tary cloth­ing with Nazi em­blems but au­thor­i­ties were un­sure of the sig­nif­i­cance of it.

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. –

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