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Former Partner Says Nathan DeSai Had Issues With Law Firm

HPD Acting Chief Martha Montalvo said they have to wait for the Medical Examiner’s Office to confirm the suspect’s identity.


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HPD's acting chief Martha Montalvo talks at a press conference about the shooting at the West University area in Houston, on September 26th, 2016.
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HPD’s acting chief Martha Montalvo talks at a press conference about the shooting at the West University area in Houston, on September 26th, 2016.

Houston Police identified the shooter who injured nine people near West University early Monday morning as Nathan DeSai, a lawyer.

They had previously said that the vehicle found near where the gunman was felled by police was owned by the shooter, and that they were searching his home at a nearby condo.

Texas records show that the vehicle is registered to Nathan DeSai. And the property manager at the condo confirmed that investigators were searching DeSai's apartment.

Police also said that DeSai was having trouble with his practice.

DeSai got his law degree from the University of Tulsa in 1998, according to the Texas State Bar. His LinkedIn page says he started practicing law in August 2003.

Most of that time he partnered with Kenneth McDaniel. They shared a law office on Katy Freeway up until last October.

McDaniel said they agreed to go their separate ways as lawyers in February and that he hasn't spoken to DeSai since.

"I guess the best way to put it is just the business was slower than it's been," he said. "And we felt that we could probably be each be better off going on our own and assuming our own private practices rather than a partnership situation."

He said he's shocked about what happened and that there was no indication that DeSai would lose it.

"He was always at work every day, we always went to court, (he) did his work," McDaniel said. "No, I mean he was a good lawyer, good standing with the bar. I'm at a loss for words for what has happened. It's horrible."

McDaniel said DeSai was licensed to carry guns.

"When you're a lawyer, sometimes when you practice in certain areas of law, some people ... for protection," he said. "And also when you deposit money in the banks, yeah. We're both licensed to carry a firearm."

He said DeSai is a U.S. citizen, whose parents live in Greater Houston.

His father gave an interview to a local TV station in which he said he talked to his son the day before the shooting and that DeSai was upset about his legal practice.

The last law firm on record for DeSai is the one he shared with McDaniel, but he apparently most recently worked out of his home.


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