Police Helicopter Was Hit in Houston Shooting

Cops now unsure about 2nd suspect
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 30, 2016 5:46 AM CDT
Police Helicopter Was Hit in Houston Shooting
A Houston Police Department vehicle hit many times by gunfire is removed from the area.   (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)

A man came into a Houston auto detail shop and began shooting, killing a man known to be a customer and putting a neighborhood on lockdown Sunday before being killed by a SWAT officer, police say. A total of eight people were shot, with the aforementioned two being the only fatalities. Among the injured: a man authorities initially described as another suspect because he was present and armed, the AP reports. Police said later Sunday they are investigating further whether he played any role. "He's telling us a version as to what his involvement is," Houston Police spokesman John Cannon said, per CNN. "We need to verify that before we say anything publicly."

Police say the main suspect, armed with a pistol and an "AR-15 type" rifle, opened fire at the first police car to arrive on the scene, riddling it with 21 bullets. At least two other police vehicles were damaged and a police helicopter was hit five times after being shot at with a "high-powered" weapon, authorities say. A gas pump that may have been hit by a bullet erupted in flames at an adjacent station. KHOU reports that two wounded police officers, one shot in the hand and the other shot in the chest while wearing a bulletproof vest, were released from the hospital Sunday evening. There has been no word yet on a motive. Cannon say that the man killed in the auto shop "parked his car to get detailed, and within a minute or two, that's when the suspect came out and shot him for no apparent reason," NBC reports. (More shooting stories.)

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