HOUSTON—A man fatally shot another man and wounded two others before barricading himself in a northwest Houston apartment overnight, police said.
Police said the shootings and subsequent SWAT scene occurred at three different locations early Thursday morning.
According to the Houston Police Department, officers were called to the 5900 block of Jim Street, about a block west of Highway 290, around midnight. A man, later identified as 70-year-old Donald Waguespack, was found dead outside his home.
Waguespack was helping a man fix a car, and for some reason the man opened fire on him. Witnesses say he snapped.
"He just pulled out a gun and started shooting. Shot the dude like three times," said Courtney Tucker, who lived with the victim.
"I heard boom, boom, boom and heard him drive off," said David Love, a neighbor.
The shooter, identified as 33-year-old Joshua Mayfield, fled the scene in a red Jeep Cherokee, police said.
Neighbors said Waguespack was a good guy who would often help those in need.
"He would help anybody," said Terry Govan, who lived with the victim. "He gave me a place to stay."
"He was a good man. He was a gem to anyone in need," agreed Renee Tucker.
Neighbors say Waguespack took in complete strangers and never charged them rent. Mayfield had lived with him on and off for years. He recently got out of jail and returned to Waguespack’s house to ask for help.
"The hardest part was how he was killed. He was shot in the face," said Govan.
A second shooting scene was reported nearby at Kempwood Drive and Wirt Road. Police said it was there Mayfield opened fire on a motorcycle rider, critically injuring him. The bullet ricocheted and struck another person in the shoulder.
Detectives spoke with witnesses and managed to track down the suspect to an apartment on Blalock Road at Kempwood Drive.
It took a negotiator a couple of hours to get Mayfield to surrender, but he finally came out of the home around 3 a.m. He was taken into custody without further incident, and police said he later confessed to the crimes.
Waguespack’s friends said the shooter has a history of mental illness.
"He wasn’t right," Tucker said. "He would be thinking the TV movies are about him and he was delusional."
He now faces a charge of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.