Several Shot by Gunman Near Southwest Houston Strip Mall [UPDATED]
Several people were injured early Monday after a gunman started firing shots at moving cars and pedestrians near Wesleyan and Bissonnet in southwest Houston.
According to various reports, the shooting broke out around 6:30, targeting a strip mall near Randalls grocery store where police and first responders are now gathered. KTRK reports that the Houston Fire Department said six people were shot and taken into custody, though the Houston Police Department said via Twitter the severity of injuries is unknown.
Police said that HPD officers had shot the gunman, who appeared to be acting alone. KTRK reported that the suspect is dead, citing the Houston Fire Department.
According to KTRK, witnesses reported the gunman fired more than a dozen shots and even perhaps up to 50 shots.
HFD tweeted that the crime scene encompasses a multiple-block area and that the department's bomb squad would search the suspect's car.
Update, 10:08 a.m.: According to Acting Police Chief Martha Montalvo, the shooter was a lawyer who lived in the neighborhood, who was possibly having issues with other employees at his law firm. A total of nine people were shot; three were treated and released at the scene, six were transported to the hospital, and one is in critical condition and another in serious. Montalvo would not confirm the shooter’s identity.
An HPD bomb squad and the FBI are securing the gunman’s car, a Porsche containing multiple weapons, and then will secure his apartment to ensure the gunman has not wired any explosives, police said. People who live near the site have been asked to remain in their homes.