Houston shooting: gunman dead after injuring six people at strip mall
Multiple people were shot inside their cars near a Houston shopping center on Monday morning, by a gunman whose own vehicle contained “numerous weapons” and was being examined by a bomb squad, police said.
Six people were taken to local hospitals and three were treated on the scene and released, said Martha Montalvo, interim chief at the Houston police department.
Montalvo said police received a call reporting gunfire at 6.29am. A gunman shot at the officers who arrived on the scene and police returned fire. The suspect was pronounced dead soon after, Montalvo said.
The only information police released about the gunman’s identity was that: “He is a lawyer and there were issues concerning his law firm.”
Montalvo said there was no evidence a second shooter was involved.
Law enforcement officials were investigating the suspect’s vehicle. “It has numerous weapons and we are bringing in the bomb squad to secure it’s safe,” Montalvo said.
At an earlier press conference, the Houston fire department advised residents at the nearby Oaks at West University condominiums to stay indoors.
The shooting happened in a parking lot in Houston’s Upper Kirby commercial district, a wealthy neighborhood that has red phone booths installed on street corners because it shares the same initials as the UK.