In the early morning hours of Monday, September 26, Eduardo Andrade, 42, was driving down Law Street in Houston, Texas. Suddenly, bullets began ripping through his windshield.
The mass shooting survivor explains the situation, “As I was driving by Law Street I suddenly heard a big explosion,” Andrade said. “I covered myself, accelerated and tried to get out of there. I did not know if someone was following me or trying to shoot me.”
At 6:30 in the morning Nathan Desai showed up to a crowded Houston Plaza and began shooting with what was described as a Tommy Gunn. He also brandished a pistol and brought plenty of ammunition with them.
The Houston lawyer was also wearing a military uniform with Nazi symbols on it. The men sprayed bullets in every direction, injuring nine before being killed by police on the scene.
According to authorities, Nathan Desai purchased both of his guns legally. He was carrying a .45 semi-automatic handgun and a .45 semi-automatic Thompson carbine and authorities say that he had more than 2600 rounds of ammunition on him and in his vehicle. A knife was also recovered from the alleged shooter.
Houston Police Department Captain Dwayne Ready held a press conference Monday afternoon where he stated that the alleged shooter had an apartment full of military uniforms. Some of the military paraphernalia recovered at the apartment dated as far back as the Civil War.
After Desai was shot by police, the scene could be processed. Police claim to have found 75 shell casings from bullets fired on the scene. The shell casings came from both the alleged shooter’s guns as well as the police firing back at him.
The alleged shooter ran his own law practice in Houston, McDaniel & DeSai LLP. His father claims that he was upset that the law firm had to shut down due to a lack of clients. His depression concerned his father, who was trying to call him all day Monday. He never got a hold of the son.
His father also confirms to reporters that his son had multiple firearms and a license to carry. The father also told reporters that the alleged shooter drove a black Porsche and that same black Porsche could be seen at the scene of the crime being processed by police.
The license plate on the black Porsche also matches the registration for the vehicle of Desai. This all but confirms the identity of the alleged shooter despite the fact that law enforcement is unwilling to officially confirm his identity.
Six of the shooter’s nine victims were taken to local area hospitals. One of the victims remains in critical condition while three have been released. Everyone shot during the incident is expected to survive. Authorities say that some people were shot while sitting in their cars and others were hit with debris and shattered glass from the bullets.
Desai’s LinkedIn page lists his undergraduate college as the University of Tulsa. He got his law degree in Houston at the University of Houston with an undergraduate degree in psychology.
Houston authorities are stating that there is no link to terrorism in this incident. They believe it is an isolated incident perpetrated by someone with mental health issues. Though, the exact motivation for the attack is still unknown.