Suspect in Houston Shooting who injured 9 people, Killed


An Indian-origin lawyer wearing military attire with Nazi emblems and had numerous weapons opened up firing in Houston city on Monday.

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The man was identified as Nathan Desai, started firing at the passing cars injuring 9 people before he was shot and killed by police, authorities said.

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

All of his victims survived but one person was critically wounded and five others were hospitalised, Montalvo further said.

She described the shooter as a lawyer who was having problems at his law firm. When police responded to the shooting, he shot at them and was killed when police returned fire, Montalvo said.

Desai’s name was written with the ‘s’ capitalised in media reports in Houston, making it sound European, but his father was identified as Prakash Desai.

Authorities and witnesses described a harrowing scene at approximately 6:30 am (1130 GMT), in which the shooter stood next to his car — using a tree for cover — and fired a rifle and a handgun indiscriminately at passing cars and at responding officers.

“The shots were coming almost non-stop. Four, five, six at a time,” said a reporter who witnessed some of the shooting. He estimated that between 30 and 50 shots were fired.

He used a 0.45 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a 0.45 caliber semi-automatic Thompson Carbine rifle, and had 2,600 rounds of live ammunition, police said. Both weapons were purchased legally, and the shooter had a concealed-carry license.

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