3 shot, 2 killed in murder-suicide inside Westchase apartment’s leasing office

HOUSTON – Three people were shot, and two are dead in what Houston Police believe is a murder-suicide at a Westchase apartment complex Monday afternoon.

It happened at Westchase Forest Apartments inside the leasing office on Richmond Avenue in west Houston.

Christian Velasquez told KPRC 2s Deven Clarke that he was in the leasing office with his wife and 4-month-old son when the gunman stormed inside and chaos broke out.

“We were discussing about how we like this apartment and everything and all of a sudden the guy comes rushing in,” he said.

Velasquez said the gunman immediately targeted the woman who was helping him find an apartment and one of her coworkers.

“He told that lady to come over here come over here he ended up pointing a gun at here and telling her to come on and he grabbed her by the hair,” he said.

Velasquez said he forced the woman and her coworker inside another room.

“Once we left we got through the first gate after we got through the first gate that’s when I heard the gunshots. It was like three or four maybe -- I couldn’t remember I was just so in a rush to get my wife and my son out of there,” he said.

Police said the gunman killed the woman, shot and injured the man, and turned the gun on himself.

“It’s some trying times but there are a lot of resources in there and I just encourage everyone to seek out help,” Velasquez said.

He added that he and his family do not plan to move to the apartments anytime soon.

Police are still seeking a motive in this case, and the investigation continues.

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