Joshua Anthony Twohig: Occupy Houston Shooter Charged

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Only the shooter was injured.
The guy who started shooting a rifle at the Occupy Houston site last evening has been charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, Houston police say.

The shooter was injured by return fire from police, but is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Joshua Anthony Twohig, 21, of Houston went to Tranquility Park about 5:15 p.m. last evening with a rifle and stood on the bridge that spans the pond there, police say.

Two HPD officers were flagged down and entered the park, hearing gunshots.

Says HPD:

Officers moved closer to the suspect and took cover behind a four-foot high concrete wall. They began giving the suspect verbal commands to drop the weapon. Rather than doing so, the suspect fired the rifle into the pond and then raised the rifle and pointed it at his head as if intending to commit suicide. The suspect began screaming to officers "shoot me, shoot me."

Someone began shooting video of the incident, HPD says. The video was not released but police described what was on itthis way:

Both officers are seen taking cover and shouting commands to the suspect, who made hostile advances toward the officers before they discharged their weapons. When struck the first time, the suspect went down to the ground. He then stood up again and reached to pick up his rifle before he was wounded again.

Twohig was not known to Occupy Houston participants.



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Sardonic Report
Sardonic Report

Hopefully the next crazy shooter will be a better shot.

SammySezso
SammySezso

I agree Bob77021  The headline is very misleaading indeed.  Is the Press trying to imitate Faux news and distort the facts now?Any responsible editor would have changed this headline by now. stick to the facts guys, stop trying to distort the truth!

This man was not connected with Occupy Houston in any way shape or form whatsoever!

Jt Foreman
Jt Foreman

Well done by HPD to handle this situation without any peripheral risk to Occupy protesters. Also, a tip of the hat to the non-lethal way to quell a situation that could've been a tragedy. 

Bob77021
Bob77021

The way you worded the headline strongly indicates the shooter was part of the Occupy movement.  That doesn't appear to be the case at all, and the headline is both misleading and, in my opinion, irresponsible.

Ladymystique4222
Ladymystique4222

that so called crazy shooter is my son n law and if the stupid system wouldnt have failed him because he had no HEALTH ISNSURACE BECAUSE HE WASNT A DRUG ADDICT then he would have got help but our sorry system which is called MEDICAID supports people that make good money and know how to play the system . he is a awesome father he worked his butt off at the age of 21 years old to support my daughter and his 1 year old son. he lost his job like millions of americans and couldnt get help from the state and he couldnt afford his medication .now lets see how much welfare fraud is going on AMERICA NEEDS TO PROTEST THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THIS.the poor kid was depressed and he simply flipped out and dident want to live any more. thank god no one was killed and yes he got hurt and I am thankfull  they did not kill him. now prision is not a place for him he needs help .our system needs to stop supporting the people that abuse the system.OBAMA GET YOUR KIN FOLKS OFF THE BUTTS AND GET THEM A JOB !!!! MAYBE WELFARE  WILL STOP FOR THOSE THAT ABUSE IT.sad but I see so many people on food stamps and medicaid that claim there baby daddy is not in the picture and they are rite there living good in hud houseing and living it high on the hog..and we all that work good jobs support there good life.but my son n law that works hard and dont rely on the system asked for help and was turned away and he flipped out so what do we do now???  pray for my family

USA
USA

Sounds like a sound clip from people on the gas station trying to rob my 5 bux.

yanktherrank
yanktherrank

So, your son-in-law is unable to obtain the proper government services and you blame Obama? You are obviously a racist and ignorant as well. You Texans deserve the state government you have. You re-elected Perry (over Bill White) and the rest of the country is laughing at you and will continue to do so.

Blah
Blah

Yeah, such a great father... willing to die and leave behind his wife and kid to fend for themselves. *roll*

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