11:45pm EDT UPDATE: It is being reported that a “disgruntled lawyer” opened fire at a southwest Houston shopping center on Monday morning, injuring nine people before the gunman was shot dead by police.
The shooter was identified as Nathan DeSai, FOX26 reported, citing multiple sources. DeSai had previously worked at McDaniel & DeSai LLP, though the practice closed down at some point within the last year, Ken McDaniel toldABC13.
An ABC13 reporter who spoke with DeSai’s father said the man had tried calling his son numerous times on Monday but had only gotten the man’s voicemail. DeSai’s father said his son was upset over the failure of his law firm and the business closed due to a lack of clients.
HOUSTON – Houston Police are on the scene of a mass shooting at a shopping mall.
According to local TV station KHOU, authorities responded to the Randalls Grocery Store shopping center shortly before 7 a.m. local time. Police confirms that several people were injured when someone opened fire on moving traffic.
Rick Flanigan with the Houston Fire Department says ambulances transported at least 6 people from the scene.
A fire official said some people were shot while inside their cars and the conditions of those wounded was varied. Several people were hit with glass fragments from shattering car windows.
“We have several with extremity injuries,” an official told reporters. “We have a couple that are more serious.”
One witness told ABC13 the shooter fired three or four shots into the front window of her car and also shot the side window of the vehicle. Initial reports indicated seven people were hurt before police reduced the number to six.
Police confirm that officers tracked down and shot the suspect. There are unconfirmed reports the suspect was hiding behind a tree when the officer took him or her down. The suspect’s vehicle was also possibly located nearby.
There are no reports that multiple suspects are involved in this incident, police confirm.
As of 7:45 a.m. the scene was still locked down with no traffic allowed on Weslayan south of Westpark.
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