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Reports of a Shooting in Houston

The city’s police department says several people have been taken to hospital.

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Several people have been shot in Houston and have been taken to hospital, the city’s police department said Monday.

The number of people shot and the extent of their injuries is unclear. The police department said the shooter had been shot by police.

This is a developing story and we’ll update it as we learn more.

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An Update on the Victims' Conditions

The two victims suffering from critical and serious injuries from the shooting are expected to make full recoveries, Houston officials said Monday evening.

The Houston Police Department would not confirm the identity of the suspect, citing the on-going investigation. Several news organizations, though, have identified the shooter as Nathan DeSai.

Officials did confirm the suspect had two weapons in his possession during the shooting, both of which were purchased legally: a .45 semi-automatic handgun and a Thompson submachine gun, commonly known as a “Tommy Gun.” They added that the suspect had several other weapons at his residence.

Police said the suspect wore “military-style apparel,” but could not confirm if the uniform had a particular affiliation, as previous unconfirmed reports stated he wore a Nazi-style uniform. Police, though, did confirm that Nazi emblems were found on his person and at his residence.

The suspect’s motive has not yet been determined. He is believed to have acted alone.

Suspect ID'd

Multiple news organizations identified the alleged shooter as Nathan DeSai. The Houston Chronicle reports that a .45 pistol was used in the shooting. Investigators, the newspaper added, also found a long gun and ammunition in the shooter’s car.

DeSai’s father, in an interview with the local ABC affiliate, said his son had been having business troubles.

KPRC, the local TV station, cited two unnamed law-enforcement sources as saying the shooter wore a Nazi uniform during this morning’s shooting. That claim has not been independently verified.  

  

Witness Accounts

Here’s more on this morning’s shooting from The Associated Press:

Some witnesses have described the gunman firing dozens of shots at cars passing through a condo complex, which is near the affluent West University Place community. Several cars with bullet holes and shattered windows were at a parking lot near the condo complex.

Witnesses also spoke to the Houston Chronicle:

Eduardo Andrade, 42, was driving his Audi A3 this morning on his way to LA Fitness when he found himself thrust into the middle of an active shooter scene.

"As I was driving by Law Street I suddenly hard a big explosion," said Andrade. "I covered myself, accelerated and tried to get out of there. I did not know if someone was following me or trying to shoot me."

Two bullets struck his vehicle, one came through the windshield and the other the front-passenger window.

"One bullet hit here and the other here," he said, while pointing at the holes. "I felt the hot air."

The father of two who works in the oil and gas industry was on his way to exercise at his gym at about 6:25 a.m. when the shooting happened.

"It's so random, think of it, if I was driving a little faster or a little slower, the bullet would have had a different trajectory," he said.

Suspect Was Reportedly a Lawyer

At a news conference Monday, Martha Montalvo, the Houston police chief, said, in all, nine people were injured: Three of them were treated on the scene and released; six were taken to area hospitals. One person suffered critical injuries, Montalvo said; another had serious injuries. The identities of those shot have not been released.

Montalvo said the suspect was a lawyer, “and there were some issues concerning his law firm.” He lived in the neighborhood, she said, but did not provide further details. The suspect was shot and killed by police, Montalvo said.

More on the Suspect and His Victims

Here’s the latest from the Houston Police Department:

The Suspect's Vehicle

Here’s the latest from the Houston Police Department:

The condition of those shot and of the suspect, who authorities say was “neutralized,” is unclear.

Suspect Is Dead

The Houston Police Department says the suspect who opened fire near a shopping center early Monday is dead . The location of the shooting is active, but contained, it added.

The motive for the shooting isn’t clear. More information on the shooting will be provided at a news conference later Monday.

Suspect 'Neutralized'

Richard Mann, the executive assistant chief of the Houston Fire Department’s Emergency Response Command, told reporters the suspect had been “neutralized.” He did not elaborate whether that meant the suspect was injured or killed by officers responding to the shooting.

Mann also said six people were taken to hospital after the shooting. Their status is not known.  

Where the Shooting Occurred

The Houston Police Department said the shooting took place at Bissonnet Street and Weslayan Street. That’s where a local shopping center is located.