A gunman was shot dead by police on Monday after he opened fire on vehicles near a strip mall in Houston, Texas, and injured nine people, police said.
Police have not confirmed the suspect’s identity, but acting Police Chief Martha Montalvo told media he was a lawyer and that they are investigating whether there were “issues” at his firm.
A bomb squad is inspecting the suspect’s car, in which additional weapons were found, Montalvo said.
“The motivation appears to be a lawyer whose relationship with his law firm went bad,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner confirmed to Reuters.
Six of the nine victims were taken to hospitals, with injuries ranging from extremity wounds to “more serious” ones, the fire department’s assistant chief, Richard Mann, told local media. One of the victims is in critical condition and one is in serious condition, Montalvo said.
Three victims were treated at the scene and released.
One witness told the Houston Chronicle that two bullets struck his vehicle while he was driving – one came through the windshield, and the other pierced the passenger window.
“I felt the hot air,” Eduardo Andrade told the paper. “I covered myself, accelerated, and tried to get out of there. I did not know if someone was following me or trying to shoot me.”
Tweets from media outlets at the scene showed a heavy presence of emergency crews in the aftermath:
— Lauren Talarico (@KHOULauren) September 26, 2016
— CNN (@CNN) September 26, 2016