Authorities said a 60-year-old Texas man accused of killing three people and wounding two others was arrested after he was found hiding in a wooded area and drew a swastika on his forehead.
Michael Weststein was charged with premeditated murder after he allegedly carried out shooting in three locations. According to the Liberty County sheriff’s office, the shooting spree began when Weststein shot dead Richard Lamm, 56, and Misty Herndon, 38. Weststein was also accused of shooting Herndon’s dog. The dog’s condition is unclear.
Then he was accused of going to another house and shooting Bruce Mercer, 59.
Authorities said Fetstein later visited a third house and got into an argument with Marvin Rumley and his adult daughter Amanda about their dog before the father and daughter were shot.
Both Rumley were airlifted to a nearby hospital in Houston. Their circumstances were not clear.
The mayor’s office did not say a motive for the shooting, but said that Weststein was known in the neighborhood to “scream” about dogs that were allowed to roam freely.
He was arrested on Monday, armed with a rifle and a rifle, hiding in a nearby forest with a swastika crossed on his forehead. He is being held unsubstantiated for murder at the Liberty County Jail, according to prisoner records.
According to the sheriff’s office, he may be charged with additional felonies as the investigation continues.
Court records were not available and it is not clear if Wettstein had a lawyer.