The suit-wearing gunman opened fire with what police called a “.40-caliber assault rifle” before cops arrived.
The shooting happened around 5:15pm across from City Hall in Tranquility Park, where the Occupy Houston protesters were gathered.
Detectives were still at the scene late Monday night investigating the scene of the shooting. They were identifying shell casings that littered Tranquility Park.
It all began hours earlier when a man armed with a rifle caught many people’s eye in the park.
“First thing I hear is guns going off — pow, pow, pow!” witness Reggie Green said.
“All the sudden, he turned around and shot into the water on the other side of the bridge. And that’s when I yelled that’s a real gun,” witness David Loser said.
Police say the 21-year-old white male was armed with a .40-caliber assault rifle and fired off more than a dozen shots. The gunman also donning business attire.
“He is dressed in a black suit, with a black shirt and a white shirt,” Loser said.
After being flagged down, two HPD bike officers responded and saw the suspect standing on this bridge. He refused to drop his assault rifle so police opened fire.
There is no official word on who the shooter is or what his motives may have been, but it sounds suspiciously like an attempted case of “suicide by cop.”