Nathan DeSai has been identified as the gunman who shot and wounded nine people at a Houston strip mall. He was killed by police after a shootout
Nine people were shot and wounded, one critically, by a disgruntled Houston lawyer who was wearing a Nazi uniform during the rampage, sources have said.
Nathan DeSai was killed by police after he opened fire in a strip mall, striking innocent bystanders at 6.30am on Monday.
When officers arrived, the 46-year-old attorney fired at them until he was gunned down, police Chief Martha Montalvo said.
The FBI is helping the Houston Police Department establish a motive for the shooting.
But the bureau has said there was no immediate indication of any involvement with terrorist groups.
During the shooting, DeSai was wearing an antique Nazi uniform with Swastikas on it, according to the station.
Authorities said the man had two legal guns, a .45-caliber semi-automatic handgun and a tommy gun, as well more than 2,500 rounds of live ammunition at the scene.
Police found 75 spent rounds at the scene, which included bullets fired by officers and the suspect, KPRC2 reports.
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Police are seen searching a Porsche Boxster registered to DeSai near the scene where sources say he shot nine people in southwest Houston
Houston Homicide Capt. Dwayne Ready said investigators believe the gunman, whom police are not yet identifying, acted alone.
But with the investigation still underway, Ready said ‘no doors are being closed.’
Ready says that other weapons besides the handgun found by the gunman’s body and the tommy gun found in his vehicle were at the man’s home. But Ready would not describe those weapons.
Houston police say the Porsche ‘had additional weapons inside.’ Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is in Cuba for a trade mission, said the lawyer was ‘disgruntled.’
‘He was either fired or had a bad relationship with this law firm,’ Turner said.
‘The investigation is active. It’s very, very early,’ the mayor added. ‘We want to make sure there is no other gunman. We are checking every angle, I can assure you.’
His business was criticized by reviewers on Yelp.
An angry customer wrote: ‘I would NOT recommend this firm to anyone. My initial interview was with Desai. I was asked to pay a $1,500 retainer, which I paid under the impression that things were going to be taken care of.
‘The end result was that nothing could be done to help me. I don’t understand why I was charged so much money for them to simply tell me, Sorry, we can’t help you. Besides that, Nathan Desai acted very unprofessional by asking me (a paying client) out for dinner and drinks.
Police say DeSai used a .45-caliber pistol in the shooting, although he also had access to other weapons
Cops found a long gun and more ammunition in his Porsche Boxster, which was parked at his apartment nearby
‘I understand that attorneys cannot guarantee outcomes or results, but I was very offended by the lack of professionalism. ‘
Another said: ‘I give them 1 star because it’s the lowest rating allowed. If it were possible I would give them a negative million star rating. To start with Kenneth McDaniels is a raging alcoholic, that constantly had alcohol on his breath at all times of the day.
‘When I had court and was supposed to be represented by both DeSai and McDaniels they showed up late to court. I found them to be unprepared and inexperienced once they showed up.
‘As for their fees, they completely over charged for what little services they provided. I’m talking about 9,000 dollars for just under 2 days worth of work.
‘Then when the case began to become difficult they decided to stop representing me. So basically they did poor work, took my money, and ran off with my money before my case was anywhere close to being finished.
‘I wouldn’t recommend these two jokes to even my worst enemies for representation of any level of law. They should be investigated by the bar association.’
Mayor Sylvester Turner, who is in Cuba for a trade mission, said the lawyer was ‘disgruntled’
At least 20 first responders (pictured) were at the Randalls supermarket strip center, one official said.
‘We wanted to make sure in view of what’s happening across country and what’s been happening recently, that this was not some act of terrorism, but one certainly can see when one has an incident of this kind it certainly creates terror on so many levels,’ Turner said.
Officials have said there are ‘questions’ about his employment — but his partner denies it had anything to do with DeSai’s motive for the shooting.
Kenneth McDaniel said he and DeSai closed their law firm in February due to economic conditions related to Houston’s energy industry downturn. McDaniel said the 12-year general law practice had ‘good years and bad years.’
DeSai was listed as a partner at McDaniel & DeSai LLP, a Houston-based law firm, but authorities say he appeared to be disgruntled
SOURCE: UK DAILYMAIL