According to authorities, a man clad entirely in black set fire to a multi-family property in Houston early Sunday morning.
He then opened fire on the occupants, who fled outside.
Just after 1 a.m., the Houston police and fire agencies began getting calls. Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated during a press conference on Sunday that officers responded to the location.
When firefighters arrived, the suspect, described as a black male in his 40s, began shooting, though Finner said it’s unclear whether he was aiming directly at the first responders, who had to take shelter.
The suspect was slain when police returned fire. A shotgun was discovered at the scene.
At the scene, two Caucasian men in their 60s were pronounced dead. A third victim, a black man in his forties, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Another victim was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm, while another was hurt while fleeing.
The police described the residence as a collection of independently rented rooms.
“I’ve seen things in 32 years that I haven’t seen before, and it’s happened repeatedly,” Finner remarked at the scene. “All we ask is for the community to join together.”
Police are still looking into a motive, but Finner believes the suspect was recently served with an eviction notice.