A lawyer who opened fire on commuters for no apparent reason during yesterday’s predawn rush hour in a Houston neighborhood, wounding nine people, was wearing a vintage military uniform and had Nazi emblems on him, reports the Houston Chronicle. The rampage on a quiet street began in the predawn darkness and lasted 20 minutes before the gunman, who police identified as Nathan DeSai, 46, was shot and killed by officers.
Six of the wounded were transported to area hospitals. The other three were treated at the scene and released. Acting Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo said police did not yet know what caused DeSai, described as a lawyer struggling to keep his small law practice alive, to do what he did. Police said DeSai used a .45-caliber handgun during the assault and they later found 2,600 rounds of ammunition and a Thompson submachine gun in his car. DeSai lived in a condominium complex near the scene of the shooting.