(HOUSTON) -- One person was killed and five others, including two police officers, were wounded in Houston Sunday after a shooting involving what officials said were high-powered weapons.
One of the suspects was killed, though it was not yet clear who shot him, and a second was wounded after a SWAT team responded, police said.
"One of the suspects was shot and he has expired. We believe he was shot by the other suspect, and the other suspect was eventually shot by one of the SWAT officers when a SWAT team responded," Houston Interim Police Chief Martha Montalvo said.
"The suspect had high-powered weapons, AR-15s that they were using, that they were able to actually shoot at a helicopter," she said.
But police said they still weren't clear on what happened, and whether the shooting of police and civilians was carried out by one or both of the armed men.
"The second male who was armed, we're trying to figure out what his role in this was. Was he a suspect or someone who just happened to be armed with a gun," Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon said. "Until further notice we'll say suspect because he had a gun, OK, but what his role was we don't know."
Police received a call about an active shooter at 10:15 a.m., and when the first officer arrived, he was met by a gunman shooting at his vehicle, Montalvo said.
"A suspect shot at the responding officer several times on his windshield," Montalvo said. "By the grace, you know, of God, he did not sustain any injuries."
With the suspects shooting at responding officers and even at a police helicopter overhead, a SWAT team was quickly called in, and the area was cordoned off.
"We do not have a motive at this time," the police chief said. "This is still ongoing, and we’re trying to ask the same thing — what happened."
She said investigators were in the process of identifying the suspects, whom she described as white or Hispanic males.
"We don’t know what started this, but what we do know is they were shooting randomly ... just at whoever came upon the scene," she said.
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