9 people injured, 1 critically, when ‘active shooter’ opens fire in Houston: police

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Investigators respond to the scene of an "active shooter" in Houston on Sept. 26, 2016. (NewsFix)

Investigators respond to the scene of an “active shooter” in Houston on Sept. 26, 2016. (NewsFix)

HOUSTON, Texas — Nine people were injured, including one victim who is in critical condition, when an “active shooter” opened fire near a Houston shopping center Monday morning, according to local police.

Responding officers shot the gunman, who was described by police as “DOA,” or dead on arrival.

A bomb squad investigated the shooter’s vehicle, and additional weapons were located, the Houston Police Department tweeted.

Police do not believe there are any outstanding gunmen, according to an earlier tweeted from police.

Nine people in all were injured, including one critically, police said. It was unclear if all nine were shot, but police earlier tweeted that “several” people had been.

A bullet ridden car is seen in Houston on Sept. 26, 2016. (NewsFix)

A bullet ridden car is seen in Houston on Sept. 26, 2016. (NewsFix)

The gunman was “reportedly” a lawyer, police tweeted, and officials are investigating if issues at his firm may have prompted the shooting.

The FBI is among the agencies investigating, according to Houston police.

The Houston Police Department responded to an “active shooter situation” at a shopping center near Weslayan and Bissonnet streets, according to an emergency alert sent by the city at 8:12 a.m.

“At this time, the shooting scene is believed to be contained,” the alert stated.

Area residents were still asked to “please avoid the area … as it is still an active response and investigation scene.”

A second alert posted about an hour later asked residents to “shelter in place.” It was later lifted.

Houston police retweeted the initial alert, and within 20 minutes confirmed the “active shooter” had been shot.

The incident comes on the heels of two violent attacks at shopping centers in the country.

Friday night, a man carrying a rifle walked into a Macy’s in Washington and opened fire, killing five people. The lone suspect, Arcan Cetin, was later detained, CNN reported Sunday.

And at least eight people were stabbed at a Minnesota mall the Saturday before, in an attack that the Islamic State group later claimed responsibility for.  The attacker in that incident was fatally shot by an off-duty police officer.

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