The Latest: 2 Houston officers released from hospital

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Posted: May 29, 2016 8:20 PM
The Latest: 2 Houston officers released from hospital

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on shootings Sunday in a Houston neighborhood (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

A Houston police spokesman says two constable deputies injured while responding to a shootout at an auto shop have been released from the hospital.

John Cannon says four other people remain hospitalized with injuries that aren't life-threatening, including a person police say is a possible suspect. The three others still in the hospital have told police they were in their cars when they were shot.

A customer at the auto detail shop was killed Sunday morning when a man walked in and began shooting. The gunman was later killed by a SWAT officer.

Cannon says at least three police vehicles sustained damage during the shootout, one of which was struck 21 times. A police helicopter was hit five times.

A bomb squad remains at the scene searching for unspent ammunition. Cannon says the county medical examiner's office may identify the gunman on Monday.

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5 p.m.

Houston police say a person killed at an auto shop was a man in his 50s known to be a customer there who had arrived shortly before the shootings began.

Authorities said the gunman came in and started shooting around 10:15 a.m. Sunday, and people ran to take cover. Police say they believe a fire at a gas station next door began when gunfire hit a pump. Police say the gunman was killed by a SWAT officer after about an hour.

Police spokesman John Cannon has said authorities are investigating the role of a second armed man present during the shootings who was wounded. Cannon said three other wounded people, two male and one female, are hospitalized. Authorities say their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Two officers were shot but a union official says they should be OK.

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4:30 p.m.

Houston police spokesman John Cannon says authorities are investigating the role of a second armed man present during shootings that left a gunman and one other person dead.

Cannon says the second armed man at a tire shop was described as a suspect because he was at the scene and had a gun, but authorities are further investigating what went on. That second man was shot and is hospitalized.

Police say the two killed were a gunman and a person they have described as a civilian.

Cannon said three wounded people, two male and one female, are in the hospital. Two officers were shot but a union official says they should be OK.

Cannon also said a police helicopter received five bullet strikes.

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3:45 p.m.

Houston Police Union President Ray Hunt says an officer who was hit several times in the chest during a shooting was wearing both a metal breastplate and a bulletproof vest.

Hunt says both officers hurt during the neighborhood shootings Sunday should be OK. The second officer was shot in the hand.

Police have said there were two armed suspects involved, one of whom was killed. The other was wounded and taken to a hospital. Authorities say another person who was not a suspect or an officer was killed, and three other people were wounded.

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3 p.m.

Neighbors near the scene of a Houston shooting Sunday that left two dead say they heard several shots and knew something was wrong.

Stephen Dittoe, who lives in the house right behind the shooting scene, says he thought it was a transformer. His wife, Ha, says it went on too long for that. She took their two children into the bathroom and told them to eat breakfast in there, and she called 911.

Police spokesman John Cannon says there were two armed suspects involved. One was killed; the other was wounded and taken to a hospital. Cannon says the second person killed was found inside a vehicle. The circumstances were not immediately available.

Stephen Dittoe says he had thought there were multiple shooters because of the number of gunshots.

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2:30 p.m.

A gunman and at least one other person are dead in a shooting in a Houston neighborhood where police had urged people to remain in their homes for part of Sunday.

Police spokesman John Cannon says there were two armed suspects involved. One was killed; the other was wounded and taken to a hospital. Acting Police Chief Martha Montalvo said 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. The circumstances were not immediately available.

Montalvo said two officers and three citizens were also shot, and a police helicopter was shot at with a "high-powered" weapon. At least two drivers told KHOU their vehicles were shot at.