Shooter is on the run after killing 2 on a Houston freeway

Shooter is on the run after killing 2 on a Houston freeway”

A typical Houston rush hour has turned into a major gun battle after a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed two people and was forced to flee the scene when one of the witnesses opened return fire.

As the auto was spinning, one "Hispanic male" suspect got out of the auto and started firing at the vehicle, with what one witness described as a very "big gun" and another identified as an apparent AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The four-door sedan is a newer model, dark colored, with unknown license plates, police said. He was last seen wearing a red shirt.

The freeway was closed for several hours as detectives investigated the scene. Houston drivers were asked to take alternate routes.

The suspect and another individual in his vehicle got out in the middle of the freeway.

Houston Police Department Assistant Chief Bobby Dobbins told reporters that vehicle rear-ended another on Interstate 10 East shortly before 6 p.m. causing the vehicle in front to spin out.

The vehicle's occupants - two men who were 25 and 33 years old - were killed.

A maniac is on the loose after he gunned down two people with an AR-15 in the middle of Houston rush-hour traffic - and then bolted in his vehicle, sparking a manhunt, according to a new report. The suspect then stepped out of his auto, described by police on Friday as a "newer model, dark colored four-door sedan", and began shooting at the front of the struck vehicle, Dobbins said.

The gunman followed the sedan as it rolled downhill and continued to shoot.

The witness told police he saw the shooter shooting into the vehicle and saw "the suspect turn towards him". He ran back up the hill, got into his auto and sped away, Dobbins said. It's unknown if the gunman was injured.

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Witnesses provided CPR to the car's occupants until authorities arrived. "I will say there were narcotics found in this vehicle".

The victims, who have yet to be identified, had a large garbage bag filled with marijuana in their auto, police sources told the outlet.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation.

'Road rage? An accident? "Narcotics? We just don't know yet so I won't speculate", he added.

Dobbins believes that witness accounts and descriptions are hazy because most drivers who saw the two cars but didn't witness the shooting didn't pay attention, assuming they were passing an accident on the freeway.

The two victims in the Nissan died at the scene. "Anything [witnesses] know is going to help us", he explained.

Anyone with information about this crime should call Houston Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS or HPD Homicide at 713-308-3600.

Authorities said Friday that the shooter is a Hispanic man in his 20s, about 5-foot-7.

This is a developing story.

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