Houston motel shooting leaves 3 dead, including gunman

A man shot and killed two people at a Houston motel then wounded two others in the parking lot before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said. No officers were injured.
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A man shot and killed two people at a Houston motel then wounded two others in the parking lot before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said. No officers were injured.

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Officers not injured after suspect opens fire from motel balcony

A man shot and killed two people at a Houston motel then wounded two others in the parking lot before dying in a shootout with police, authorities said.

The shootings happened around 11:05 p.m. Sunday at the Palace Inn motel located at 3421 Antoine in northwest Houston, executive police chief Matt Slinkard said.

A man, believed to be about 35 years old, killed two people then opened fire from the motel balcony on officers who were responding, Slinkard said. Two people in the parking lot were wounded, but no officers were hurt.

The officers returned fire and the gunman was pronounced dead at the scene, though police haven’t yet revealed whether he died from the officers’ gunfire or a self-inflicted wound, Slinkard said.

Police didn’t immediately say what motivated the killings. There’s no evidence that the shooter knew the two victims or that it was a domestic violence situation, Slinkard said.

“It’s a horrific and tragic scene,” he said.

ArLuther Lee contributed to this report for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.