Lawyer shoots 6, is killed by po­lice

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Juan A. Lozano

HOUS­TON >> A dis­grun­tled lawyer who had nu­mer­ous weapons ran­domly shot at driv­ers in a Hous­ton neigh­bor­hood Mon­day morn­ing, hit­ting six peo­ple, one crit­i­cally, be­fore he was shot and killed by po­lice, author­i­ties said. An­other three peo­ple had in­juries from glass or de­bris.

The first re­port of the shoot­ings came in at about 6:30 a.m., Po­lice Chief Martha Mon­talvo said at a news con­fer­ence, and the sus­pect be­gan fir­ing at of­fi­cers when they ar­rived. Mon­talvo did not iden­tify the man; Mayor Sylvester Turner told KTRK-TV that the lawyer was “dis­grun­tled” and was “ei­ther fired or had a bad re­la­tion­ship with this law firm.”

Nu­mer­ous weapons were found at the scene, a bomb­squad robot ex­am­ined a Porsche that’s be­lieved to be the shooter’s and bomb squad of­fi­cers also were scour­ing the sus­pect’s res­i­dence, Mon­talvo said.

The en­trance to the condo com­plex, which is near the af­flu­ent en­clave of West Univer­sity Place, was still blocked off with po­lice tape late Mon­day morn­ing. Sev­eral cars with bul­let holes and shat­tered win­dows were at a nearby strip mall.

Jen­nifer Molleda and her hus­band live in the same condo com­plex as the shooter. Though she heard gun­shots about 6:12 a.m. and called 911, her hus­band left for work. The 45-yearold called him not long af­ter, and he told her “I’m hit, I’m hit.”

Af­ter the shoot­ing stopped at 7:15 a.m., Molleda found her hus­band, 49-year-old Alan Wakim, sev­eral blocks away in the park­ing lot of a nearby strip mall. His Mus­tang had two shots that went through the wind­shield, and he told her that he saw a red laser beam be­fore the shots were fired. He was taken to a hos­pi­tal to be treated.

“He got out of his car, we hugged, we cried,” Molleda said, adding that af­ter she saw ev­ery­thing, she be­lieves the man was “aim­ing to kill.”

Molleda said she didn’t know him very well, and de­scribed him as quiet. “He’s a nor­mal, av­er­age Joe,” she said.

Ja­son Del­gado, the prop­erty man­ager of The Oaks at West Univer­sity condo com­plex, con­firmed that po­lice are go­ing through a res­i­dence. He also said that there were two re­cent in­ci­dents in­volv­ing the sus­pect.

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

And last week, the man 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.

An­other wit­ness, 30-year-old Ant­won Wil­son, in­ad­ver­tently drove into the shoot­ing scene af­ter drop­ping off his girl­friend at work and could “lit­er­ally hear the gun­fire fly­ing.” He man­aged to flee and es­cape in­jury.


Alan Wakim shows his wife, Jen­nifer Molleda, where two bul­lets en­tered his wind­shield and went past his face dur­ing a shoot­ing along Wes­leyan at Law Street in Hous­ton that left sev­eral peo­ple in­jured and the al­leged shooter dead Sun­day morn­ing in Hous­ton.

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