Three people were killed when a man who had been kicked out of an apartment in Houston lit the building on fire to entice the tenants out of their homes. He then shot five of the tenants as they fled the fire.
On Sunday, August 28, at around one in the morning, an attack took place in a southwest Houston area.
According to police chief Troy Finner, police and fire departments arrived at the apartment building in response to fire reports.
The gunman opened fire, possibly with a shotgun, on the other tenants as they emerged from the house, Finner said.
Two were dead at the scene, and one died at a hospital.
Fire teams rescued two other wounded men and they were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
Michael James told Houston TV station KPRC that he was returning home from work when he was shot in the back.
James said: “I saw the house was on fire, and I saw flames, so I called 911. I didn’t get through, so I turned my back and headed back out the driveway. And all of a sudden, boom.”
The man opened fire as the firefighters battled the fire, forcing them to take cover until police officers spotted the gunman and fatally shot him, Finner said.
Finner said no firefighters or officers were wounded.
Finner said: “I’ve seen things I have not seen before in 32 years, and it has happened time and time again. We just ask that the community come together.”