A shooter opened fire near a Houston shopping center early Monday morning, injuring nine people before police shot and killed him.
"Multiple officers engaged the suspect, who was shooting randomly at passerbys as well as anybody he could put his sights on," said Houston Police Department Captain Dwayne Ready.
The 911 calls started to come in around 6:30 a.m., and officials estimate it took the first responding officers about 10-15 minutes to arrive.
The shooter was outside out of his car, armed with a handgun and a rifle, and he was using a tree for cover. Nine officers from three different departments fired at the gunman. No officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
Both of the weapons used in the shooting were legally obtained by the suspect. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed the rifle was purchased in 2009 and the handgun in 2011. The Houston Police Department said other weapons were found at the suspect's home.
Local news stations have identified the suspect as a local attorney, but police would not comment on the his identify pending official identification from the medical examiner and notification of next of kin.
The preliminary investigation hasn't uncovered any links between the suspect and terrorist groups. But the Houston Police Department confirmed they did find personal items with Nazi emblems inside the suspect's car and home.
Between the suspect and the officers, officials say at least 75 bullets were fired, and they're still trying to determine where all the bullets ended up. Six of the nine victims have been treated and released, and doctors expect the three still in the hospital to survive.
This above episode again shows clear double-standards. I'm sure if the shooter was a Muslim, we would have heard of terrorism. But since the shooter is deemed a non-Muslim, at least as of now, that epithet is not used to describe the terrible terrorist crime.
We need a clear cut definition on what qualifies terrorism and what does not. Otherwise, usage of this term loosely, esp. for Muslim related crimes, is doing disservice to all.
On Monday morning, the University of Michigan was hit with racist postings championing white supremacy inside of an academic building, and it's causing outrage on the campus.
A statement from the university's administration confirms the fliers were found at Haven and Mason halls on the UM Central Campus.
Students took to Twitter to post pictures of the fliers. One flier reads, "Why White Women Shouldn't Date Black Men," while a second flier, with a stop sign in the middle, tells "Euro-Americans" to stop "apologizing," "living in fear," and "denying (their) heritage." The bottom of the flier has the words "Alt Right," and the words "Be White."
The fliers went up just two days after several Michigan football players raised their fists during the national anthem on Saturday. It was the first time this season UM players participated in the protest movement sparked by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Last week, residents of a Pennsylvania town were shocked when they found fliers from the KKK as well as lollipops and rocks in bags on their property.
Jaimi Hajzus woke up on Saturday to a flurry of text messages from friends in her hometown who had found the fliers.
“Are there troubles in your neighborhood?” the fliers read. “Contact the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today!”
The fliers also included an image of a KKK Klansman pointing a finger in the style of the old Uncle Sam recruitment posters along with the slogan: “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”
Hajzus said that the community members feel this is like the result of a new white supremacist cell, but they are unsure what to do about it just yet.
This isn’t the only community to have this problem, with reports of similar fliers being distributed on lawns all over the United States as other white supremacist cells are growing more emboldened.