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Shooting in Houston Strip Mall Leaves 9 Injured

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September 26, 2016
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At least nine people were injured on Monday morning when a disillusioned lawyer opened fire at a Houston shopping mall. The shooter was later killed during a confrontation with police officers.The shooter was identified as Nathan DeSai, who had previously worked at McDaniel and DeSai LLP, although the practice closed down at some point in the last year, said Keith McDaniel.Police eventually fatally shot the suspect, who was firing actively at the officers when they found him.Six of the victims were taken to area hospitals. Thre were in good condition, one was in fair condition, was in serious condition and one is in critical condition.The remaining three victims were treated at the scene.At least 15 Emergency Medical Services crews were dispatched at around 6:30 AM to reports of a shooting near a Petco store in southwest Houston, said Fire Deparmtnet spokesman Jay Evans.The Petco is near the corner of Wesleyan and Bissonnet Streets. Residents at a nearby apartment complex were instructed to shelter in place for two hours after the initial shooting.Bomb squad officers checked the suspect’s vehicle, where the found “numerous weapons.”The FBI was assisting the investigation, said police chief Martha Montalvo.Montalvo said the suspect was a neighborhood resident who was having “issues with his law firm.” Police were not seeking any more suspects.


Houston Shooter Disgruntled Over Lack of Clients, Business

DeSai's father said his son was upset over the closing of the law firm and the lack of clients and business in the last year.He apparently had run-ins with some of his neighbors, including an incident where he brandished a weapon at roofers in his apartment complex.“As victims of the Houston shooting fight for their lives this morning, Cecilia and I ask that all Texans join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers,” said Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a statement.This shooting comes on the heels of two other high-profile attacks, and bombings in New Jersey and New York. A shooting at a Washington State mall left five people dead, while a Somali-American ISIS-affiliated “lone wolf” terrorist stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota mall before being shot to death by an armed citizen and concealed carry advocate.

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