The gunman who carried out Monday morning’s shooting that wounded nine people was wearing what appeared to be Nazi paraphernalia, two law enforcement sources told Channel 2 Investigates’ Robert Arnold.
The shooting was reported just after 6 a.m. near a shopping center on the northwest corner of Weslayan and Bissonnet streets.
Interim Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo said that officers responded to the scene and were able to quickly locate the gunman in the 4400 block of Law Street. She said the shooter immediately began firing at the officers and they returned fire.
The gunman was found dead shortly after, she said.
“It’s my understanding that he was neutralized by police,” Montalvo said.
Law enforcement sources said that the shooter was wearing what appeared to be an antique German uniform with Swastikas on it.
Montalvo said the gunman’s car was also found on Law Street, and that several weapons were found inside. Police spent hours searching the vehicle.
Investigators also combed through the shooter’s apartment, where they found what appeared to be Nazi paraphernalia inside, according to a law enforcement source.
When asked if she believes the shooting was related to terrorism, Montalvo said that she is not ready to say that yet.
Nine people injured
According to Montalvo, six people were initially hospitalized because of the shooting.
A representative of Memorial Hermann Hospital said one of the injured was in critical condition and another was in good condition. Three others were discharged in good condition.
Another victim was listed in serious condition at Ben Taub Hospital, Montalvo said.
Three others were treated and released.
Owner of car being searched identified
KPRC2 has confirmed the owner of that vehicle is 46-year-old attorney Nathan Desai.
Ken McDaniel, Desai’s former law partner, said that they decided to go their separate ways in February because of economic reason. He said he hasn’t spoken to Desai since then.
Desai’s father, Prakash, who said his son ws in his own practice, but it was not doing well.
“He was worried … because his law practice was not running good, so he (was) worried about this all the time,” Parkash Desai said.
Desai owns a condo at the Oaks of Weslayan on Law Street, KPRC2 has confirmed.
According to the Texas State Bar, Desai specializes in business, family and criminal law.
Houston mayor in Cuba
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is leading a trade mission to Cuba, said that he is keeping in close contact with local officials, but does not expect to cut short his trip.
Police have scheduled a news conference for 4:30 p.m.