A woman is killed and three Harris County Sheriffs’ MPs are recovering after an early morning shooting at a downtown Houston nightclub.
The Houston Police Department said charges were brought against 25-year-old Joseph Anthony Gonzalez. The authorities say the charges are three counts of assaulting a government employee and possessing a weapon.
A sexy video posted on Instagram shows the fatal shooting. A group of people can be seen fighting before multiple shots are fired.
“We just heard gunshots, we are just lucky to be alive,” an anonymous witness said.
Authorities said the shooting took place at around 2:20 a.m. at the Set nightclub, located in Building 2900 of Travis Street.
Police said a brawl took place in the parking lot of the nightclub after it was closed and three Harris County Sheriff’s Office, who were working on an additional deployment, tried to break the fight.
One of the suspects, who was said to be a Hispanic man in his mid-twenties, shot the MPs, who were all in uniform.
Police said three representatives of the High Relief Council and a 40-year-old woman were injured.
The 40-year-old woman was declared dead in hospital. Two of the deputies were transferred to Memorial Hermann, while the other was transferred to Ben Taub Hospital.
Authorities said one of the women MPs, a 30-year-old woman, was hit in the stomach. A deputy man in his forties was hit in the foot while the other, in his 30s, was hit several times and hit the hand.
Ed Gonzalez, Harris County Sheriff, said one lawmaker has been in the mayor’s office for about five years, while the other two have spent nearly 11 years in service.
We are told that all MPs are expected to live.
The suspect tried to get treatment at Sugar Land Hospital for a gunshot wound and was taken into custody.
Houston Police Information Officer John Cannon said he believed a lawmaker was able to return fire during the incident.
Police said it was unclear why the suspect fired into a crowd and was still under investigation.