Two men were killed when another motorist, possibly outfitted with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, smashed into their car on a Houston freeway during rush hour and opened fire, police announced.
The shooter was still on the run Friday morning following the shooting shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, Houston police told reporters at the scene Thursday night in a video posted on Facebook by NBC affiliate KPRC.
The collision occurred at the height of an incline and the struck car had started to surge down the hill when the shooter left his car and opened fire, police stated. The gunman then moved in front of the car and blasted more rounds into the windshield, annihilating both men inside, Dobbins stated.
Another motorist not involved in the crash arrived on the scene and handled his own personal weapon to shoot towards the gunman, according to Dobbins.
The witness “saw the suspect turn toward him; he thought he was going to be fired at. He had no idea what was going on,” Dobbins stated. “He fired several rounds at the suspect. He doesn’t know if he hit the suspect. But it did cause the suspect to run.”
The shooter and another person in his car escaped in their vehicle.
Narcotics were found inside the deceased victims’ car, according to police, but they stopped short of connecting that discovery to the shooting.
The victims were 25 and 33 years old, although their names are still being authenticated, police stated Friday. The suspect was a man possibly in his early 20s.