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Suspect in Deadly Houston Shooting Identified as Army Vet From California — Here’s What We Know


A gunman opened fire at a Houston auto detail shop on Sunday, leaving two people dead and six people injured.

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The suspect in a deadly shooting in Houston, Texas, has been identified as Dionisio Garza III of San Bernardino, California, according to KTRK-TV.

The Associated Press reported that a gunman opened fire at a Houston auto detail shop Sunday. According to NBC, the shooting left two people dead and six people injured.

Garza, 25, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, was discharged from active duty in 2014, and KTRK found no record of criminal history.

Reporters with KTRK said they discovered “personal papers, documents, bullets and a military bag” at the scene of Sunday’s shooting, which they brought to a police officer’s attention. The items were collected as evidence.

KTRK reports that those documents included a copy of Garza's birth certificate and his military discharge record. The record showed that Garza achieved the rank of sergeant and received several awards during his service, including “the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two campaign stars and the Army Achievement Medal, among others."

In an interview with KTRK, Garza's stepmother, who was not named by the affiliate, said she believes her stepson was suffering from PTSD.

"He was a kind, loving, smart kid. He did two tours in Afghanistan. I think he was proud to be in the military, but I know he went through a lot," she said. "He was in the Airborne Infantry, I don't think he ever came back the same. He had lots of friends. He seemed happy."

"I can't help but to think about the other families affected by this. It just wasn't him. That's not who he was. I don't know what happened. But that's not who he was," she continued. "I know he caused a lot of pain to a lot of people that were involved and we are truly sorry for that."

This post has been updated.

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