Two folks have been killed and three others have been critically injured when a shootout erupted at a Houston-area flea market busy with households on a Sunday afternoon, police stated.
The 5 have been caught up in an altercation on the market that erupted when at the least two folks concerned within the battle pulled out weapons and the sound of photographs rang out about 1:07 p.m., Harris County Sheriff’s Maj. Susan Cotter stated.
She stated at an impromptu information convention that two or extra of the lads within the altercation “exchanged gunfire with each other.”
No bystanders have been injured, Cotter stated. Two males believed to be related to the altercation have been pronounced useless on the scene, and three different folks have been rushed to separate hospitals with important accidents, she stated.
Of at the least two suspects within the violence, one was among the many hospitalized, she stated, and the opposite was detained on the scene.
Authorities stated the shootout occurred at a location that correlates to the 35-acre Sunny Flea Market in Harris County north of the Houston metropolis limits.
The market didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
“The five got into a fight, which ended up in them drawing guns,” Cotter stated.
Cotter later indicated that the altercation might have concerned six or seven folks.
She stated bullets have been flying as “a lot of people” have been buying and “just trying to enjoy the flea market.”
Sheriff Ed Gonzalez stated 1000’s of individuals might have been in and across the market Sunday.
The avenue occupied by Sunny Flea Market is residence to different flea markets and, about 5 miles south, to the Houston Farmer’s Market.
The violence was not random, authorities stated.
“It looks like all five of them knew each other,” Cotter stated. “It doesn’t appear any innocent bystanders were injured.”
Investigators have some video of elements of the assault, however they’re nonetheless trying to find video of your entire altercation, she stated.
Witnesses have been laborious to search out, Cotter stated. “Pretty much everybody scattered,” she stated.
She described the scene simply after the weapons cooled as “very fluid, very chaotic.”
Cristian Santana contributed.