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HPD Identifies Shooting Suspect, Residents Still Coping

The only injured person in critical condition yesterday improved overnight.

 

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.

Today, residents who happened to be in  the area at the time of the shooting remembered the situation. Lisa Diehl works nearby at Weslayan and U.S. 59. She talks about the call that she got yesterday telling her to stay away from the area.

The parking lot at the corner of Wesleyan and Bissonnet was ornamented with blue and white balloons to honor first responders who handled the shooting. That’s the same parking lot where some of the  drivers who happened to be there at the time of the rampage took refuge. 

The deceased suspect of the shooting that left nine people injured  had already been mentioned by the HPD as the owner of a vehicle parked at the scene. 

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.

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. 

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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