An evicted man set fire outside his former apartment and then shot tenants as they fled, police say




Robin Ahrens, a resident of a multi-room renting facility, reacts to a fatal shooting at the apartments in Houston on Sunday, Aug.
Robin Ahrens, a resident of a multi-room renting facility, reacts to a fatal shooting at the apartments in Houston on Sunday, Aug.  
  • Three people were killed in a shooting in a Houston rental facility, police said.

  • The gunman had recently been evicted from the home, but the motive for the shooting is unknown.

  • Police fatally shot the gunman, authorities said.

A man who had recently been evicted from a Houston rental facility set a fire outside the complex to lure other tenants out before fatally shooting three of them early Sunday morning, police said.

At a news conference, police chief Troy Finner said police were called around 1:00 a.m. regarding a fire and shooting.

Finner said the gunman, who was armed with a shotgun, began firing at five tenants that fled the home because of the fire. Two of the victims died at the scene and one died at the hospital, he said. Two other men are still hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

The police chief said the eviction notice probably "triggered" the gunman.

"That may have been a trigger point for him, but I don't know," he said. "That's part of the investigation."

Finner said firefighters had arrived at the scene first but had to take cover when the gunman began shooting at them. When police arrived, they found the gunman in a parking lot across the street and fatally shot him.

"I've seen things that I haven't seen before in 32 years," Finner said, at the conference. "And it's happened time and time again, and people ask the police chief and police leaders, 'Why?' And we don't even know right now. We just ask that the community come together."

Officials have not released the names of the gunman or the victims. Officials said the gunman was in his 40s and the victims were between the ages of 40 to 60.

Police and the district attorney's office are conducting investigations into the shooting.

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