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Houston Shooting: Neighbors Heard Bullets Whiz by, Watched as Gunman Shot at Cars

Gunfire turned a normally quiet dawn into a terrifying morning for a neighborhood in Southwest Houston near West University Place.

Jennifer Molleda says her husband's car was hit by gunfire
Jennifer Molleda says her husband’s car was hit by gunfire

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.

Shooter was killed outside condos in 4000 blk. of Law St. in Southwest Houston
Shooter was killed outside condos in 4000 blk. of Law St. in Southwest Houston

“Another car (comes down the street), I’m waving, turns down the street, goes down, shot, he stops, then he comes backing down the street at a really high rate of speed, “ Williams told News 88.7.

Then, Williams says the shooter may have spotted him.

“He obviously saw my flashlight and took a shot down this way. And a bullet went over our head, you could hear the zzzzzip go by,” said Williams.

Williams ducked for cover behind a utility pole. Moments later, officers arrived, exchanged gunfire and killed the shooter according to Houston Police.

Inside one of the cars the shooter had hit was the husband of Jennifer Molleda.

“There are two gunshot bullets in his windshield, he’s full of glass his eyes his body, there’s splotches of blood everywhere. He got out of the car, we both hugged we cried. (Dave Fehling) How is he now?   (Molleda) I don’t know. He’s at Methodist I need to get my vehicle to get in there to go,“ Molleda told News 88.7.

But her vehicle was behind the yellow police tape. That’s because she lives in the same condo building as the resident who is believed to be the shooter. Molleda says she knew him but only as you would someone you’d pass occasionally on the sidewalk.

“When we would drop off trash there was none of this hi how are you like most people, it was just very quiet,” Molleda told News 88.7.

But she and other residents say some weeks ago, there was something: an altercation involving the suspected shooter who they say had a rifle with him when he confronted a crew doing roofing work.

“I don’t know to scare somebody,” Molleda said.

Apparently, nothing more happened. Unlike on Monday morning, when neighbors say they can’t believe how their quiet street became a scene of such violence.

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Dave Fehling

Dave Fehling

Director of News and Public Affairs

As Director of News and Public Affairs, Dave Fehling manages the radio news operation at Houston's NPR station. Previously, he was a reporter at the station, covering the oil & gas industry and its impact on the environment. He won top state honors for in-depth and investigative reporting as well...

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