Two people are dead and a third person is in the hospital after a triple shooting inside a southeast Houston house early Wednesday.
Officers were called to the home in the 3800 block of Rosemont Street shortly after 5 a.m. to reports of three people shot. Paramedics pronounced a man and woman, both adults, dead inside the house, in Houston’s Brookhaven community. A man was rushed to a nearby hospital in an unknown condition.
That third victim was in surgery as of 7 a.m., according to Houston Police Department Executive Asst. Chief Troy Finner. The suspected shooter fled the scene before officers arrived, according to police.
The house in question appears to be an illegal game room, with several “gambling machines” found inside, Finner said. What led to the gunfire remains unclear, but Finner said it may have been a targeted family dispute and not random.
Police have not yet publicly identified the victims. Family members of the people who lived in the house awaited answers for hours outside of the home Wednesday morning.
They said they believe the two people killed had dated for three years and both grew up in the nearby Sunnyside neighborhood.
“He was always looking out for people,” said Elton Mathews of his brother. “I think one of the people he was looking out for is the person that killed him.”
The shooter is believed to be a young man, although police did not release a detailed description.
“This is crazy,” said Ray Dixon, whose sister lived in the house. “It shouldn’t happen to nobody.”
Hannah Dellinger contributed.
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