The Latest: Investigators still at Houston shooting scene

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Posted: Sep 26, 2016 6:43 PM
The Latest: Investigators still at Houston shooting scene

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

5:10 p.m.

Houston police and state and federal agents are still investigating the area where a gunman opened fire at random on passers-by, wounding nine people — six with gunshot wounds and three with eye injuries due to flying glass.

Houston Homicide Capt. Dwayne Ready said investigators believe the gunman, whom police are not yet identifying, acted alone. But with the investigation still underway, Ready said "no doors are being closed."

Ready says that other weapons besides the handgun found by the gunman's body and the tommy gun found in his vehicle were at the man's home. Ready would not describe those weapons.

The FBI said there was no immediate indication of any involvement with terrorist groups.

Texas motor vehicle records in a commercially available database show that the Porsche police were searching at the scene is registered to Nathan DeSai, who lives at the condo complex nearby.

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4:45 p.m.

Houston police say the gunman in the shootings had two weapons and more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition and was shooting randomly.

Homicide Capt. Dwayne Ready said the gunman was wearing military-style apparel, found some old Nazi emblems in his personal effects at the scene as well as vintage military items dating to the Civil War in his apartment.

Authorities said the man had two legal guns, a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a tommy gun, as well more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition at the scene.

Ready and Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo did not identify the man and did not have information about a motive.

Texas motor vehicle records in a commercially available database show that the Porsche police were searching at the scene is registered to Nathan DeSai, who lives at the condo complex nearby.

Nine people were hurt, six of them were shot. Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen says the mayor spoke with the families of people in critical and serious condition, who were told that the wounded will survive.

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4:25 p.m.

The former law partner of the man who randomly opened fire on vehicles in a Houston neighborhood disputes authorities' descriptions that he was a disgruntled lawyer with issues.

Authorities have not identified the gunman who was shot and killed Monday morning, but Texas motor vehicle records in a commercially available database show that the Porsche police were searching is registered to Nathan DeSai, who lives at the condo complex where the shootings occurred.

Kenneth McDaniel said he and DeSai closed their law firm in February due to economic conditions related to Houston's energy industry downturn. McDaniel said the 12-year general law practice had "good years and bad years."

McDaniel said DeSai wasn't fired and that he's had no contact with him lately.

Police called McDaniel on Monday morning to check on his safety, and he began to understand what was going on after seeing reports of shootings involving a lawyer.

Mayor Sylvester Turner told KTRK-TV that the lawyer was "disgruntled" and was "either fired or had a bad relationship with this law firm."

McDaniel says that he didn't know DeSai to pull a gun on anyone and that descriptions of him having "issues" were "amazing."

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4:10 p.m.

Texas motor vehicle records in a commercially available database show that the Porsche police were searching at the scene of the Houston shootings is registered to Nathan DeSai, who lives at the condo complex where the shootings occurred.

Authorities have not publicly released the name of the gunman, but the license plates of the car matched the DMV registration and a known address at the condo complex for DeSai. The property manager of the condo complex also confirmed that police were going through DeSai's residence.

Calls placed to phone numbers connected to DeSai and his father were not answered. DeSai's father also did not answer the door at his home.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told KTRK-TV earlier Monday that the lawyer was "disgruntled" and was "either fired or had a bad relationship with this law firm."

Six people were shot and wounded, while three were hurt by glass and debris.

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2:40 p.m.

Police are searching the condo of the Houston shooting suspect, who was shot and killed after injuring nine people.

Jason Delgado, the property manager of The Oaks at West University condo complex, confirmed that police are going through the residence belonging to the suspect, who has not been identified by authorities other than as a lawyer.

Delgado said that the suspect twice recently became upset about things at the complex.

Delgado said last week the man became upset because of water pressure problems at his home, asked for maintenance help and expressed his displeasure in an email to the management firm that implied he'd "intimidate his way to getting what he was asking for."

And in August, police were called after roofers working in the complex said he pointed an assault-style rifle at them. He says there wasn't enough evidence to move forward with charges because the suspect contended he didn't point the gun at roofers.

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11:35 a.m.

A resident of the Houston condo complex where several people were shot says her husband was injured by glass when his windshield was shot at.

Jennifer Molleda says she first heard shots about 6:12 a.m. Monday, when her husband left for work. She called him shortly after and he told her "I'm hit, I'm hit." After the gunfire stopped around 7:15 a.m., she said she found her husband, Alan Wakim, at a strip mall parking lot with two bullet holes in his windshield. He was taken to the hospital.

The suspect was shot and killed by police and has not been identified by authorities.

Lee Williams lives in a home in the neighborhood where the complex is and began directing traffic away after he heard gunfire in the area. He said one car ignored him and immediately was shot at.

Williams says people cut through the neighborhood to avoid some busier intersections.

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10:50 a.m.

A resident of the Houston neighborhood where a gunman opened fire at passing cars says the man once showed a weapon when he became upset.

The suspect has not been identified by authorities, who said he was a disgruntled lawyer and that there was numerous weapons found at the scene.

Nine people were wounded Monday morning, one critically. Houston Fire Department spokesman Ruy Lozano said six were shot and three had minor injuries related to glass.

Jennifer Molleda, who lives in the same condo complex as the shooter, says the most recent incident came a few weeks ago, when the man brandished an assault-style weapon at roofers in the complex. She didn't have more details.

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10:05 a.m.

Houston bomb squad technicians are inspecting a Porsche believed to belong to the man police say opened fire at passing cars in a neighborhood, wounding nine.

Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo says the gunman had several weapons but declined to immediately describe them.

Authorities haven't identified the gunman, except to say he was a lawyer that lived in the neighborhood who was having problems with his law firm. Bomb squad officers also were examining his residence.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner was in Cuba for a trade mission but told KTRK-TV that it was "very, very early" in the investigation.

One witness, 30-year-old Antwon Wilson, says he inadvertently drove into the shooting scene after dropping off his girlfriend at work and could "literally hear the gunfire flying." He managed to flee and escape injury.

One person is in critical condition and another is in serious condition.

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9:25 a.m.

The Houston police chief says that the suspect who wounded nine people in southwest Houston was a lawyer and there were issues with his law firm.

Chief Martha Montalvo did not identify the shooter at Monday's news conference.

The shootings began at about 6:30 a.m. When the officers found the suspect, the suspect began firing at them and police shot the suspect. The suspect, who lives in the neighborhood, died at the scene.

Numerous weapons were found at the scene, and a bomb-squad robot is looking at a car that's believed to be the shooter's.

Montalvo says nine people were wounded, three were treated and released from a hospital. One is in critical condition and another is in serious condition.

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8:50 a.m.

Houston police say the suspect is dead in a shooting near a strip mall that wounded six people.

Police said on Twitter that the suspected shooter was "DOA," describing the shooting scene as still active but contained.

Fire Department Assistant Chief Richard Mann says six people were injured in the shooting early Monday.

The shooting comes days after a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five people dead. On Sept. 17, a 20-year-old man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before being shot to death by an off-duty police officer.

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8:05 a.m.

Houston police say several people have been shot at a strip mall in the city's southwest and that officers shot the gunman.

Police said via Twitter Monday that an "active shooter at Weslayan & Bissonnet has been shot by our officers" and that there are no reports of other suspects "at this time."

Police say several people have been taken to the hospital but that they cannot provide details about how many were shot or the severity of their injuries.

The Associated Press has left messages seeking comment from the police.

The shooting comes days after a shooting at a Washington state mall that left five people dead. On Sept. 17, a 20-year-old man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before being shot to death by an off-duty police officer.