6 in Hous­ton shot be­fore gun­man killed

Driv­ers tar­geted; at­tacker wore Nazi em­blems, had 2,500 rounds, po­lice say

Baltimore Sun - - NATION - By Juan A. Lozano

HOUS­TON — A dis­grun­tled lawyer had two guns and more than 2,500 rounds of live am­mu­ni­tion when he ran­domly shot at driv­ers in a Hous­ton neigh­bor­hood Mon­day morn­ing, hit­ting six peo­ple, be­fore he was shot and killed by po­lice, author­i­ties said. An­other three peo­ple had in­juries from glass or de­bris.

The gun­man was wear­ing mil­i­tary-style ap­parel with old Nazi em­blems dur­ing Mon­day morn­ing’s shoot­ings, Hous­ton Homi­cide Capt. Dwayne Ready said at a news con­fer­ence. Vin­tage mil­i­tary items dat­ing to the Civil War and other guns were found in the man’s apart­ment.

Ready and in­terim po­lice Chief Martha Mon­talvo did not iden­tify the man and did not have in­for­ma­tion about a mo­tive. A bomb-squad robot ex­am­ined a Porsche that po­lice said be­longed to the gun­man; Texas mo­tor ve­hi­cle records in a com­mer­cially avail­able database showed the car is li­censed to Nathan De­Sai at an ad­dress in the condo com­plex. The prop­erty man­ager of the condo com­plex also con­firmed that po­lice were go­ing through De­Sai’s res­i­dence.

Nine peo­ple were in­jured; one per­son is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion and an­other in se­ri­ous con­di­tion, of­fi­cials said.

Author­i­ties first re­ceived re­ports of the shoot­ings about 6:30 a.m., and the man be­gan fir­ing at of­fi­cers when they ar­rived. The man had two legally pur­chased guns — a .45-cal­iber semi-au­to­matic hand­gun and a Thomp­son sub­ma­chine gun — and an un­sheathed knife, Ready said. He also noted that there were 75 spent cas­ings at the scene, which Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate the scene in Hous­ton where they say a gun­man fired at cars be­fore of­fi­cers killed him Mon­day. were from of­fi­cers and the gun­man.

Mayor Sylvester Turner told KTRK-TV that De­Sai was a lawyer who was “dis­grun­tled” and was “ei­ther fired or had a bad re­la­tion­ship with this law firm.” But De­Sai’s for­mer l aw part­ner, Ken­neth McDaniel, dis­puted that as­ser­tion, say­ing they jointly closed their 12-year-old law firm in Fe­bru­ary due to eco­nomic con­di­tions re­lated to Hous­ton’s en­ergy in­dus­try down­turn.

McDaniel also said that he’d had no con­tact with De­Sai lately and that po­lice called him Mon­day morn­ing to check on his safety, though they didn’t ex­plain why.

Calls placed to phone num­bers con­nected to De­Sai and his fa­ther were not im­me­di­ately an­swered. De­Sai’s fa­ther, Prakash De­Sai, told Hous­ton tele­vi­sion sta­tion KTRK that his son lived in the condo com­plex and drives a black Porsche. He also said his son, whom he saw Sun­day, was up­set be­cause “his law prac­tice is not go­ing well” and stays up­set “be­cause of his per­sonal prob­lems.”

The en­trance to the condo com­plex, which is in south­west Hous­ton near the af­flu­ent en­clave of West Univer­sity Place, was blocked off with po­lice tape late Mon­day morn­ing.

Ja­son Del­gado, the prop­erty man­ager of The Oaks at West Univer­sity condo com­plex, said De­Sai was in­volved in two re­cent in­ci­dents at the com­plex.

In Au­gust, Del­gado said, po­lice were called af­ter roofers work­ing in the com­plex said De­Sai pointed an as­sault-style ri­fle at them. He said there wasn’t enough ev­i­dence to move for­ward with charges be­cause the man con­tended he didn’t point the gun at roofers.

And last week, De­Sai be­came up­set be­cause of wa­ter pres­sure prob­lems at his home, asked for main­te­nance help and ex­pressed his dis­plea­sure in an email to the man­age­ment firm that im­plied he’d “in­tim­i­date his way to get­ting what he was ask­ing for,” Del­gado said.

Ant­won Wil­son, 30, in­ad­ver­tently drove into the shoot­ing scene af­ter drop­ping off his girl­friend at work and said he could “lit­er­ally hear the gun­fire fly­ing.”

Lee Wil­liams left his home in the neigh­bor­hood upon hear­ing gun­shots and be­gan di­rect­ing traf­fic away from the condo com­plex, not­ing that peo­ple usu­ally cut through the area to avoid busier in­ter­sec­tions. One car ig­nored him, he said, and was im­me­di­ately shot at.

“What­ever cars were go­ing by, he was shoot­ing at them,” the 55-year-old said, not­ing he heard at least 50 gun­shots over 40 or so min­utes. As he was be­ing in­ter­viewed, neigh­bors came by and pat­ted him on the back, thank­ing him for keep­ing peo­ple safe.

MICHAEL CIA­GLO/HOUS­TON CHRON­I­CLE

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