A gunman is on the run after a fatal Houston shooting that left two people dead.
ABC 7 reports that a little before 6 p.m. Thursday evening, a driver hit a sedan off of I-10 east near Mercury Drive, causing the sedan spin. The driver who reportedly caused the accident got out of his vehicle with a gun and opened fire, according to police. The suspect then fled the scene.
A witness behind the victim’s car fired back at the shooter with his own gun after thinking the gunman was going to shoot at him, but it’s unclear whether the suspect was shot. The witness said he carries a gun for personal protection, according to authorities.
Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Bobby Dobbins said one of the witnesses saw the suspect’s gun, which appeared to be an AR-15.
Asst Chief Dobbins provides update on East Freeway shooting https://t.co/mapVcLmp7g
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 9, 2019
“One of the witnesses saw the weapon,” Dobbins said. “He’s familiar with guns and he believes it was an AR-15.”
HPD investigators are on the scene of a fatal shooting that occurred at 5:55 pm at IH10 East Freeway at Federal Road where 2 people have been shot and are deceased. The freeway will be closed for investigation. Avoid the area and use alternate routes. A PIO is en route. #hounews
— Houston Police (@houstonpolice) August 8, 2019
Both victims died after the gunman opened fire into the car as it rolled toward him. Although their identities haven’t been released yet, police said the victims were two males, ages 33 and 25.
“Road rage? An accident? Narcotics? We just don’t know yet,” Dobbins said, explaining the motive is not yet known.
The shooter is described as a Hispanic male with a thin build who stands around 5-feet-7-inches tall. He appeared to be in his 20s and was wearing a red shirt.
According to the Houston Chronicle, police do not yet have a good description of the suspect’s car. Dobbins said anyone who was in the area is urged to call the police. Some people may have thought the incident was simply an accident, police said, and therefore haven’t called in to provide statements.
Anyone with any tips or information should contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. A possible reward of up to $5,000 may be available for anyone who has information that leads to an arrest.
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