HPD: Triple shooting suspect dies after chase

Published On: Jun 27 2012 10:05:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 27 2012 06:26:41 PM CDT

A man who opened fire at a northwest Houston apartment complex, injuring three people, dies after exchanging shots with officers during a chase, officials said.

Police said officers were called to the Wilshire Place Apartments in the 6000 block of Hollister at 8:45 a.m. Police said when they arrived, they found three people shot in the parking lot.

Witnesses said a man with a knapsack just started shooting at everything around him. A security guard was shot in the eye, a maintenance man was shot in the head and a tenant was also wounded, police said. They are all expected to survive.

Detectives said the shooting happened after the security guard had asked the man to leave the complex. The man then tried to carjack the tenant, shooting him, police said.

"I saw him shoot out the back window," witness Marianne Chernau said. "I saw him shoot the driver. As soon as I saw that, I called 911."

Several windows were also blown out of vehicles in the parking lot.

Investigators said the shooter then ran out of the complex and onto Hollister Street. He fired shots at a police officer and the officer returned fire, officials said. No one was wounded.

The shooter went to a complex in the 7000 block of Hollister and carjacked a woman driving a Chevy Trailblazer, police said. He then drove out of the complex.

Officers pursued the Trailblazer on Hollister toward the Northwest Freeway.

Detectives said that the shooter stopped during the chase on the feeder road of the Northwest Freeway and tried to back into officers. He also fired shots at officers, police said.

The suspect continued down the feeder road and made a U-turn at Tidwell, where he fired more shots at officers, investigators said.

As the shooter approached the intersection with Hollister, other drivers ended up becoming involved in the chase.

"I see the car to my left wanting to get over, and it's kind of surprising me because he's trying to fiercely get over. And the next thing I know, my vehicle shakes as I get clipped and the assailant's vehicle just plows into that vehicle that was trying to get over," witness Cesar Gonzales said.

Police said the chase ended when the suspect crashed into several vehicles.

Once the shooter's vehicle was stopped, officers pulled him out. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His name was not released.

The suspect had been shot, police said. Detectives said they were working to determine if he died from officer gunfire or a self-inflicted wound.

Five people were injured when the suspect crashed into their vehicles. Two were taken to a Ben Taub Hospital in serious condition. Three others, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries, were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital.

Three HPD vehicles had shattered windows and several others were damaged during the incidents.