Man Shoots Couple Eating at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium Before Killing Himself

Two people were killed and another injured when a man opened fire on a couple and then died by suicide at Houston’s Downtown Aquarium Thursday night, July 8, 2021. / KTRK

Two men were killed Thursday night in what police believe to be a murder-suicide in the second-floor restaurant of the Downtown Aquarium, according Houston police Executive Chief Matt Slinkard.

A woman was also shot and taken to a hospital in stable condition. The identity of the two men, who were dead on the scene, has not been released. Police said they were not looking for any other suspects.

The motive remained unclear Friday, but the surviving woman told police she and her 29-year-old husband, who died, did not know the alleged shooter.

“This is a horribly tragic incident,” Slinkard said Thursday night during a news conference at the scene. “This is the type of situation that should make us all pause and send out as many prayers as we can, for all of the families and all the lives that will be affected by such a tragic incident like this.”

The shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. Slinkard said surveillance footage showed the suspect sitting across the bar from the woman and man involved in the shooting. The two parties did not appear to be together, he said.

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SOURCE: Houston Chronicle, Julian Gill

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