Houston Mayor: Gunman Was Disgruntled Lawyer

Shooter is dead; 9 people injured
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 26, 2016 12:27 PM CDT
Houston Mayor: Gunman Was Disgruntled Lawyer
Jennifer Molleda looks at the blood-specked face of her husband, Alan Wakim, who had two bullets fly by his face after they went through his windshield.   (Mark Mulligan)

The man who opened fire in a Houston neighborhood Monday morning and randomly shot six people has been described as a disgruntled lawyer, reports AP. Mayor Sylvester Turner tells KTRK-TV that the unidentified man was either fired from "or had a bad relationship with this law firm." The gunman died at the scene, apparently from a police bullet. None of those he shot were killed, though one victim is critically injured. Three additional people have injuries from glass or debris. The first report of the shootings came in about 6:30am, Police Chief Martha Montalvo said at a news conference, and the suspect began firing at officers when they arrived.

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, Montalvo said. Jennifer Molleda and her husband live in the same condo complex as the shooter. Though she heard gunshots about 6:12am and called 911, her husband left for work. The 45-year-old called him not long after, and he told her, "I'm hit, I'm hit." After the shooting stopped at 7:15 a.m., Molleda found her husband, 49-year-old Alan Wakim, several blocks away in the parking lot of a nearby strip mall. His Mustang had two shots that went through the windshield, and he told her that he saw a red laser beam before the shots were fired. He was taken to a hospital to be treated. (More Houston stories.)

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