HOUSTON – An engaged couple was shot by their roommate, before he turned the gun on himself during a SWAT standoff in northeast Houston, according to Houston police.
It happened in the 9300 block of FM 1960 East near W. Townsen Boulevard around 9 p.m.
According to neighbors, a 62-year-old man and his 55-year-old fiancé were having problems with their roommate and had been trying to get him off the lease. No one quite knows what led up to the chaos Wednesday night, but something caused the 46-year-old roommate to snap, and he pulled out a gun and began shooting. The male shooting victim was outside when he collapsed on a neighbor’s car begging for help.
“I got out, I looked at him. I put him on the sidewalk, I pulled my car over here, parked, hopped out, called 911, came down here. He opened the door up again, dude shot him again –boom,’’ said Omisha Marshall. “He fell again. Once he fell again, he got back up, he was strong, he got back up and he tried to go back in again and he shot him again. He shot him three times.”
The male victim was shot twice in the body and once in the face.
“He was like trying to tell me how it happened, but he couldn’t really explain himself to me. You know what I mean, because he was shot. All he was saying was ‘Help, help, help.’ That was the clearest word you heard,” Marshall said.
His fiancé, who was also shot, was still inside their apartment with the shooter. The woman was rescued by HPD SWAT as the shooter barricaded himself upstairs. Both victims were sent to the hospital and were expected to survive.
The HPD Hostage Negotiation Team was trying to get the man to surrender when they heard a single gunshot. They entered to find the suspect dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Neighbors said the roommate’s behavior was unpredictable.
“He was like a firecracker. You never knew when he was going to snap. You could be nice to him and ‘What? What are you talking about?’ And you know, he’s just that way,” said Linda Turner, neighbor.
The entire ordeal left some residents shaken.
”I’m still nervous. It’s crazy. We never been so close to something going on like this,” Lavone Polk said.