Lubbock – A barber’s shop in the town of Lubbocks, which was closed last week after a gunman opened fire at a barbershop, has reopened after a man identified by the local media as a suspected member of the so-called Islamic State group killed five people and wounded three.
The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a statement Monday that five people were taken to local hospitals after being shot in Lubbocking, and three of those people died.
Officials said a sixth person was shot in the leg.
The victims were identified as a woman in her 50s and a man in his 20s, the statement said.
Authorities did not provide additional details about the wounded.
Local media identified the gunman as Dakhil Azzam, a former employee of a barber salon in Londonderry, New Hampshire.
He had previously been arrested in New York City in October on a slew of gun and terrorism-related charges, including assault and criminal threats, according to court records.
Azzampi, a father of two who also worked as a bar owner in Lonestar, New York, told The Associated Press news agency that he was “shocked and devastated” by the incident and that he had been working as a police officer since 2001.
The shooting happened shortly after 2 p.m.
Monday near a small, wooded area off a highway that separates the Lubbocker city limits from Londogna, a town in northern New Hampshire, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) north.
Local police and sheriff’s deputies in riot gear surrounded the area, and a helicopter circled overhead.
The area was cordoned off by police and ambulances and reporters watched from the ground.
Officials later identified the deceased as Kaleb Azzams father, Christopher Azzamps, 57.
Authorities said that authorities had not determined a motive for the attack.
A spokesman for the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services confirmed to AP that two people were in custody for questioning in connection with the shooting, but declined to provide further details.
Authorities also did not release information about the shooting’s timing.
A report on ABC News said Azzammed was shot during an altercation outside a bar that morning.
A local news report from New Hampshire reported that Azzammers family had been living in Loughton, New England, for nearly a decade and that his father was a police veteran who had worked for the county in nearby Londontown.
In Lubbokes town hall, which is about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from the town, a crowd gathered to hear the news.
Many people were angry, some of them shouting, “It’s terrible.
We’re still not sure what’s going on.”
Lubbokos mayor Michael Kortez said in an interview with the Associated Press that it was too soon to say whether the shooting was related to a recent spate of terrorism incidents in L.A. and New York.
The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Azampi was wanted on suspicion of a bank robbery in Lacoochee County, Texas, but the Lacoockers were unable to identify him in a news release Monday.
Lubbocked Mayor Kortes statement said that “The community of Londons best interest is our top priority, and the Lobo is very grateful to the entire Lubbons community for their support and support.”
Kortesi said authorities were “very concerned for the well-being” of the victims and their families, who were being treated at Lubbocook Hospital.
Londock police Chief Greg Johnson said that his officers were called to the scene shortly after the shooting but that there was no information about who fired the shots or the motive behind the shooting.
He said that the community would remain vigilant and that they would “not be deterred from any form of action we deem appropriate.”
Londocks mayor said that a vigil would be held in the neighborhood on Sunday night, with the community’s help, to honor the victims.
The town of about 13,000 residents is about a half-hour drive east of Lincolnton, a city of about 5,000 people that lies about 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Loughney.
The Associated State Bureau of Investigation, which tracks mass shootings, said that Aizam, of the town near the Londos, was in custody on a weapons charge.
Authorities told local media that he is believed to have been in contact with IS fighters.
The AP was unable to reach the man’s family for comment.