A man set fire to a building in Houston, Texas on Sunday and then shot them as they tried to escape the burning building. A police officer with the Houston Police Department then shot and killed the suspect.
Three people including the suspect were killed and two others were injured. Houston Police Chief Troy Finer said the victims were all male and between the ages of 40 and 60.
According to local news outlets, the fire department and police received multiple calls around 1:07 a.m. (local time). Finer said police received two calls about a person shot and another call about a shooting. The fire service personnel received the call and informed that there was a fire.
“This suspect, unfortunately, and very tragically, and very badly, set several residents on fire. The suspect then waited for those residents to come out and opened fire on them,” Finner said.
The incident occurred at 8020 Dunlap St.
Police officials said the gunman retreated before firefighters arrived at the scene and put out the fire. Police are not sure if the suspect fired at the firefighters but said they were forced to take cover.
A Houston police officer arrived on the scene shortly after to find the suspect in a parking lot across the street from the facility. An African American man in his 40s got into a gunfight with the seven-year-old and killed him. Per Houston Police Department protocol, the officer is now on administrative leave.
Houston Police Chief Finner supported his colleague and said he was very proud of him. He said the man might try to shoot other people. Finner also said the suspect was a longtime resident of the facility but had recently received an eviction notice. He said an eviction notice could serve as a trigger point for a suspect.
Finner said two investigations are being conducted. The District Attorney’s Office is conducting an investigation and the Houston Police Department has also opened an investigation.
(with input from CNN)
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