Man sets house on fire, shoots fleeing residents, kills four, Texas police say

Armed man attack kills four in Texas set fire to several houses Houston police said they ambushed residents who went outside to escape the blaze.

The Houston Fire Department answered a call from an address in the 8000 block in Houston at approximately 1:07 am on August 28. dunlap streeton the southwest side of the city, police chief Troy Finer said at a press conference.

Finner said a 40-year-old man dressed in all black was waiting with a shotgun in a parking lot across the street. As the residents streamed out of the complex unit building, he opened fire on them.

Finner said Houston police officers appeared on the scene shortly after the shooting began and found the suspect firing from the parking lot.

Three people were killed, including two men in their 60s and a man in his 40s, police said.

With the shooter knocked down, firefighters were able to respond to the blaze, Finner said, and at least two people were dragged from the burning building.

An investigation is ongoing, but Finner said the suspect had recently been evicted from the building, which may have motivated the attack.

The officer who killed the suspect was put on leave, Finner said, adding that he was “very proud” of the seven-year veteran.

“I’ve seen things I haven’t seen in 32 years, and it’s been happening over and over again,” Finner said.

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