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HPD Identifies Suspect In Shooting Incident as Nathan DeSai

Authorities say that the suspect was the owner of a vehicle parked at the scene of the shooting, which is registered to Nathan Desai, a Houston attorney.

The Houston Police Department formally named the gunman in yesterday’s mass shooting near West University Place. The Harris County Medical Examiner has identified him as 46 year old Nathan DeSai, a local attorney. They announced the identification via Twitter.

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The shootings happened early Monday near Weslayan and Law Streets.

 DeSai was dressed in a vintage military uniform and was hiding behind a tree randomly shooting at passing cars, acording to the Police. Officers cleared some civilians from the line of fire and shot him dead.

Lisa Diehl works nearby at Weslayan and U.S. 59. She says she got a call telling her to stay away from the area.

The deceased suspect of the shooting that left nine people injured Monday in the West University area  had already been mentioned by the HPD as the owner of a vehicle parked at the scene of the shooting.  DeSai was a lawyer.

Acting Chief Martha Montalvo had previously said at a press conference that the suspect had issues at his law firm.

Desai’s former associate, Kenneth McDaniel, told Houston Public Media they closed their firm back in February because they were not making enough money and went their separate ways.

Montalvo didn’t clarify whether that could be the motive for the shooting. 

“At this point we’re very open minded in terms of what the motive (is) and that’s why we have as our partner, the FBI, is involved with this investigation as well,” she said.

HPD Homicide Cpt. Dwayne Ready had also said that the suspect was shooting on Law Street. When police officers engaged him shortly after 6:30 a.m. the suspect shot at them as he was using a tree for cover. Ready said they exchanged fire and finally the police officers killed the shooter.

“The suspect had two weapons on him at the time, either on his person or in his car that he was standing nearby at the time of this incident, one of them is a .45 semi-automatic handgun, the other one is a .45 semi-automatic Thompson carbine, commonly known as a Tommy gun,” Ready said.

Ready said the suspect also had a knife and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition at his place and in his car, which was checked and cleared for explosives.

He was wearing what Ready described as a military uniform and Montalvo specified it had Nazi emblems on it.

No motives have been disclosed yet but authorities said that right now “there is no association to any organization or terrorist group.” HPD recovered nearly one hundred pieces of evidence, including shell casings.

Out of the nine people injured during the shooting, six were shot and three had minor injuries related to flying glass when the gunman opened fire, according to police. Three were discharged in good condition yesterday. One remained in critical condition but improved overnight, according to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where the person remains hospitalized. The hospital said that there is still another patient being treated for injuries. 

 

Lee Antoine Wilson was driving through the area to drop his girlfriend off at work at a nearby store when he witnessed the police response. 

Another resident, Lee Williams, recorded the gunfire on his phone and played it for reporters. You could hear a pop, then a pause, then another pop. And then apparently when police arrived, three shots in very quick succession.

Williams said someone was just down the street in front of a red brick apartment building, shooting at passing cars on Law Street, a narrow tree lined lane. Williams said he used his flashlight to try to warn and stop a steady procession of early-morning commuters who use the street as a shortcut.

Numerous vehicles on the scene had windows shot out.  Police said the crime scene covers a multiple block area near Weslayan at Bissonnet.

 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement on the shooting via his Twitter account:
 
 
 
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