Nine injured in ‘Nazi’ shooting, suspect killed
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. –