A man suspected of injuring nine people in a mass shooting in Houston Monday owned Nazi paraphernalia, and wore what appeared to be an old German uniform with swastikas during the attack, according to a report from KPRC2 in Houston. Nathan Desai, a local lawyer, has been connected to the attack.
The suspected attacker was killed in a shootout with police. The report from KRPC2 cited "two law enforcement sources" who said the man was "wearing a Nazi uniform when he was killed during a confrontation with police." A tweet from Jace Larson of KPRC2 said more Nazi paraphernalia was found at the man's home.
Three of the nine victims in the shooting have reportedly been released from the hospital, while one remains in critical condition.
Desai's vehicle had been connected to the shooting, which took place in the early hours at a shopping center in southwest Houston. Local station KTRK reported that the vehicle was filled with weapons.
Desai's father said the lawyer was troubled by a downturn at his law office and that he had not heard from his son after leaving him voicemails following the shooting. His father said his son lives near the shooting and that he drives a black Porsche like the one near the scene. Desai's law firm partner told KTRK it dissolved six months ago.
A number of high-profile Texans have commented on the shooting. "As victims of the Houston shooting fight for their lives this morning, Cecilia and I ask that all Texans join us in keeping them in your thoughts and prayers," said Gov. Greg Abbott in a statement. "Our hearts go out to the victims’ families and we wish them all a full and speedy recovery. We would also like to thank the Houston Police Department and all first responders for their decisive actions in putting a quick end to this horrific act."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said he and his wife's Heidi's prayers were "with the victims and the families of those affected by the shooting," while thanking first responders.