HOUSTON -- A man fatally shot another man and wounded two others before barricading himself in a northwest Houston apartment overnight, police said.
Police said the shootings and subsequent SWAT scene occurred at three different locations early Thursday morning.
According to the Houston Police Department, it was around midnight when officers were called to the 5900 block of Jim Street, about a block west of Highway 290. A man, later identified as 70-year-old Donald Waguespack, was found dead outside his home.
It was soon determined Waguespack was helping a man fix a car, and for some reason the man opened fire on him. The shooter, identified as 33-year-old Joshua Mayfield, fled the scene in a red Jeep Cherokee, police said.
A second shooting scene was reported nearby at Kempwood Drive and Wirt Road. Police said it was there Mayfield opened fire on a motorcycle rider, critically injuring him. The bullet ricocheted and struck another person in the shoulder.
Detectives spoke with witnesses and managed to track down the suspect to an apartment on Blalock Road at Kempwood Drive.
It took a negotiator a couple of hours to get Mayfield to surrender, but he finally came out of the home around 3 a.m. He was taken into custody without further incident, and police said he later confessed to the crimes.
Officials said the shooter has a history of mental illness. He now faces a charge of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Neighbors said Waguespack, the first shooting victim, was known as a good guy who would often help those in need.