2 Dead After Gunmen Open Fire With AR-15s

Houston neighborhood sees gunfire break out
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 29, 2016 3:40 PM CDT
2 Dead After Gunmen Open Fire With AR-15s
Police block the intersection at Memorial and Wilcrest as they respond to a shooting where authorities say a gunman and at least one other person are dead, Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Houston.    (Gary Fountain)

A gunman and at least one other person were killed Sunday, authorities say, as many shots were fired in a Houston neighborhood where police had urged people to remain in their homes. Police spokesman John Cannon says there were two armed suspects involved, one of whom was killed and one who was wounded and taken to a hospital, the AP reports. Acting Police Chief Martha Montalvo says police believe one suspect was shot by the other and the second was shot by a SWAT officer. Cannon says the second person killed was found inside a vehicle, though the circumstances were not immediately available. Montalvo says two officers and three citizens were also shot, and the suspects apparently had AR-15's, KHOU reports.

She says police were working to piece together what had spurred the shootings. At least two drivers say their vehicles were shot at, and a police SUV could be seen with a shattered windshield and the back window broken out. Stephen Dittoe, 55, lives in the house right behind the shooting scene, separated by a fence and tall shrubbery at the end of cul-de-sac. He says when he first heard the noise Sunday he thought it was a transformer. His wife, Ha, 41, says it went on too long for that and described the series of staccato sounds. She took their two children into the bathroom, told them to eat breakfast in there, and called 911. The streets were still blocked off late Sunday afternoon with many police cars and fire trucks on the scene. (More shooting stories.)

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