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Houston gunman who injured nine in mall attack was 'disgruntled lawyer'

Nine people have been injured in a shooting outside a shopping centre in Houston in the US state of Texas, one of them critically. The suspect, who was shot dead by police, has not been identified. Officials say he was a disgruntled lawyer who fired randomly at drivers.

Numerous weapons were found in what is believed to be the suspect's car, Houston's acting police chief said, adding there were no indications of anyone else being involved.

Police say they are also investigating the gunman's apartment and his social media accounts to try and establish a motive.

"The motivation appears to be a lawyer whose relationship with his law firm went bad,", Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner told reporters.

Six victims were taken to hospital, and three were treated at the scene after being shot at while inside their cars, the city's acting Police Chief Martha Montalvo said. One of the victims is in a critical condition.

Third mall attack in 9 days

The shooting comes three days after a shooting at a shopping mall in Washington state, in which five people were killed. 

The gunman in that attack, Arcan Cetin, 20, was born in Turkey and is a legal US permanent resident, officials say. 

The FBI have said there was no evidence that the shooting there was linked to terrorism.

Nine days ago, a 20-year-old man stabbed 10 people at a Minnesota shopping centre before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer.

Source: BBC



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