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Nine people injured after shooter opens fire in Houston shopping centre

Houston police have said that the deceased suspect is reportedly a lawyer, and are investigating his relationship at work.

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NINE PEOPLE HAVE been injured and one of them is in critical condition after a gunman opened fire at a mall in Houston, Texas today.

In the past hour, the Houston police department have announced that the suspect, who was shot and injured by police, has died from his injuries.

Police said in their press conference today that the suspect might be a lawyer, and that they are investigating conditions at his place of work to see if they influenced his actions.

Houston Fire Department spokesman Richard Mann said the injuries were of varying gravity, with some suffering gunshot wounds and others cut by broken glass.

“Several people shot by suspect are being transported to area hospitals; unknown exact number or severity of injuries,” the Houston police said on its Twitter account.

Tweet by @Houston Police Source: Houston Police/Twitter

Police said there were “no reports of other suspects at this time”.

Mann said the shooter had not been taken to the hospital, because experts were checking his vehicle for explosives.

Police have found ‘additional weapons’ inside his vehicle, and the bomb squad will search his apartment after clearing the shopping area in Houston.

© AFP, 2016 With additional reporting from Gráinne Ní Aodha

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