NRI lawyer shoots at 9 in the US, killed by police

NRI lawyer shoots at 9 in the US killed by police pardesi news 1475173965

The Houston shooter who went on a rampage firing at 9 people on Monday, was an Indian-origin lawyer.

An Indian-origin lawyer, Nathan Desai, 46, with apparent Nazi sympathies went on an early morning rampage in the US' Houston city shooting nine people before he was killed by police. According to the authorities, the Indian-origin shooter with apparent Nazi sympathies was wearing military-style clothes with Nazi symbols during the 20-minute shooting spree where he abruptly fired at the passing cars. When police tried to subdue him, he shot at them and he was killed when the police returned fire. Police said that they did not know what prompted Desai to shoot at people at random.

All his victims survived; one person was critically injured and five others were hospitalized, Houston's Acting Police Chief Martha Montalvo said.

Desai’s father, a retired geologist, Prakash Desai, 80, said his son was worried because his law practice was not doing well. The police reportedly found in his flat several military items that went back to the Civil War days. The city police found a Thompson submachine gun in his Porche and a 0.45 caliber handgun that he used against the police. The police even used a robot to examine his car and his flat for explosives.

In the US, there have been few cases, when Indian-origin shooters went on a mass rampage. Earlier in January 2016, Mainak Sarkar, an Indian-origin researcher caused a lock down at the University of California at Los Angeles and killed a professor before committing suicide. Later, it was found that he had also killed his wife. In 2003, at the Case Western Reserve University (CRMU) in Cleveland, another Indian-origin alumnus of the same institute Biswanath Halder, went on a rampage, taking hostages, killing a graduate student and leaving a student and a professor injured. He was captured alive and sentenced to life after a trial. 

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