Gunman injures 6 in Houston before being killed by police

HOUSTON - A gunman opened fire on morning commuters in Houston, Texas, on Monday, injuring at least six people before being fatally shot by police, the authorities said.

Several of the victims suffered gunshot wounds to their extremities and a couple of the injuries was more serious, Fire Department spokesman Richard Mann told reporters.

Broken glass from shattered car windows littered a parking lot in an upscale shopping centre near where the suspect fired 20 to 30 shots in the wealthy neighbourhood of West University Place. All of the victims were inside their vehicles during the morning commute when they were shot.

"Active shooter scene still active but contained. Suspect DOA," the Houston Police Department tweeted.

No details on the identity of the gunman were immediately available.

People who were shot by the suspect were transported to area hospitals and the extent of their injuries was not yet known, police said.

A police bomb squad was dispatched to investigate a vehicle in the neighbourhood.

An unidentified woman, standing next to a car with two bullet holes in the windshield, told a local television station she heard "the bullets literally whiz by my window". Live video streams showed numerous police cars and ambulances in the area. There were also a few vehicles seen with bullet holes.

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US mall shooting

  • An image taken from security video of the gunman who opened fire in the Cascade Mall in Burlington.
  • An image taken from security video of the gunman who opened fire in the Cascade Mall in Burlington.
  • An image taken from security video of the gunman who opened fire in the Cascade Mall in Burlington.
  • Authorities are shown at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016.
  • Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016.
  • Authorities are pictured at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016.
  • Washington State Trooper Mark Francis speaks to the media at the Cascade Mall following reports of an active shooter in Burlington, Washington, U.S. September 23, 2016.
  • A large tent was set up for enforcement officials in the parking lot of the Cascade Mall on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington.
  • Rachel March, 15 lights a candle during a vigil held at the Central United Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
  • Selena Orozco,15, and Rachel March, 15, attend a vigil at the Central United Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington.
  • Nick Torset from Sedro-Woolley, Washington prays during a vigil held at the Central United Methodist Church on September 24, 2016 in Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The vigil was held for the five victims killed in the Cascade Mall shooting in Burlingame.
  • People offering each other support at Maiben Park during an impromptu community gathering on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington.
  • Michelle Kinhart (left) and Mike Berryman hug each other during a community gathering at Maiben Park on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington. "We could hear the helicopter circling the house all night," said Kinhart. "It was terrifying," said Berryman.
  • A sign displaying community strength hangs on door near community gathering at Maiben Park on September 24, 2016 in Burlington, Washington.