A Houston lawyer wearing a Nazi uniform— evidently facing issues with his firm — opened fire near a strip mall, wounding nine people before he was shot dead by police, authorities said.
Shots rang out around 6:30 a.m. local time in southwest Houston near an intersection with a grocery store, Walgreens and Chuck E. Cheese.
The attacker used a tree near his car for cover as he exchanged gunfire with several officers in a nearby neighborhood before he was killed, officials said at an afternoon press conference.
Six people were hospitalized with gunshot wounds following the shooting — including one person in critical condition and another in serious condition. Three others had minor injuries from broken glass.
Relatives expect that both critically and seriously wounded victim will survive, Mayor pro tem Ellen Cohen said at the press conference.
The suspect’s name was not released by authorities, but KRPC reports that the owner of a Porsche found nearby with several weapons inside is Houston attorney Nathan Desai, 46.
Law enforcement sources also told the station that he was wearing a Nazi uniform, though Houston police’s Dwayne Ready would only confirm that he was wearing vintage military-style apparel.
He said that Nazi emblems were found on the shooter and his car, along with a .45 caliber handgun, a .45 caliber Tommy gun and roughly 2,600 rounds of ammunition.
Both weapons were purchased legally at least five years ago, according to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms spokesman.
More Nazi paraphernalia was found in his apartment among military memorabilia and other guns.
Officials have not speculated on any motive for the attacks and a FBI spokesman said that there is currently “no nexus to terrorism.”
Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is in Cuba for a trade mission, told KTRK that the lawyer was “disgruntled” and “was either fired or had a bad relationship with this law firm.”
Authorities do not believe any other suspects were involved in the rampage.
Witness Lee Williams said that he heard at least 50 gunshots over the course of 40 minutes and that the shooter would open fire at cars as they came near The Oaks condo complex where Desai lived.
His neighbor Jennifer Molleda said that the attorney, who practiced business, family and criminal law, had brought out an assault-style weapon when confronting roofers at the property several weeks ago.
Management at the condo told KHOU that Desai was not arrested after the incident because he had not pointed the rifle at the worker.
With News Wire Services