A Houston gunman has killed three people after setting fire to their home, police say

A Houston gunman has killed three people after setting fire to their home, police say

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Four people died after a man set fire to a residence, shot at people fleeing and then was killed by a police officer early Sunday in Houston, authorities said.

Just after 1 a.m., police and the city’s fire department received a call about a fire and shots fired at a rental home, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said in a statement. news conference. Firefighters arrived first but had to take cover when the gunman opened fire, although it was not clear if he was shooting at them.

Soon after, police officers arrived at the scene and found the shooter in the parking lot across the street from the home. An officer shot and killed the man, who was dressed in black and armed with a gun, Finner said. Two residents were pronounced dead at the scene, and the third died at the hospital.

“I’ve seen things I haven’t seen before in 32 years,” the police chief said. “And it’s happened time and time again, and people are asking the police chief and police leaders, ‘Why?’ And we don’t even know right now. We are asking the community to come together.”

Authorities did not name the people killed. They said that the man with the gun was 40 years old and the dead were men between the ages of 40 and 60. In addition to the dead, one man was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound in his hand. Another man had minor injuries that did not require a hospital visit.

The attacker had recently been told he would be fired, Finner said. “That might be the trigger for him, but I don’t know,” he said. “That’s part of the investigation.”

The officer who shot the suspect is a seven-year veteran of the force and has been placed on administrative leave under Houston Police Department policy. The district attorney’s office is investigating, and the police agency will conduct its own investigation.