Father of Houston shooter says he failed to notice signs of his Army vet son’s attack


A U.S. Army infantry veteran was killed by police after killing one and injuring six during a shooting at a Houston, Texas auto shop on Sunday.

Police officers responded to the scene after receiving reports of shots fired at 10 AM on Sunday.  The first officer to the scene was immediately met with gunfire.

Army veteran Dionisio Garza III, 25, fired at least nine bullets into the windshield of the Houston Police officer’s police cruiser.  According to KPRC, the officer is lucky to have survived the barrage of gunfire.

Two officers were struck by Garza’s fire during the incident, one in his vest and the other in his hand, but both are recovering at home after being released from the hospital, according to Click2Houston.

Sergeant Garza was released from duty in 2014 after deploying to Afghanistan twice, where he earned the Combat Infantry Badge for fighting in ground combat with the enemy.

Investigators were able to identify Garza from a combat pack –which took them almost 24 hours to find – that he was carrying during his assault.

The backpack contained ammunition, a birth certificate, and some of his military records, according to Fox News.

While the pack helped to identify Garza and provide some insight into his military career, the evidence offered little information about his motive.

During an interview with Click2Houston, Garza’s father said he believes that his son may have been suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and there were signs that he failed to notice.

Dionisio Garza III

“We have not received confirmation, but I strongly suspect. I really believe this is a PTSD thing,” he said by phone, Monday.

He believes his son had become troubled, believing the US economy was on the brink of collapse.  He said his son, a San Bernardino County, CA native, traveled to Houston to meet with others who shared his same beliefs.

“It’s better to go to Texas. He was trying to get us all to go over there and you know go live in a compound. That kind of talk, you know? That wasn’t my son,” his father said.

His father said there were signs in his last conversation with his son –one day before the shooting.

“You know he was rambling off about the economy collapsing, you know. And that something was going to happen by Monday, that kind of stuff. Of course you look back now and there were signs. There were signs,” he said.

In the aftermath of the incident, it was reported that 30 year-old Byron Wilson and 59 year-old Denise Slaughter were wounded in the encounter, while Eugene Linscomb, 57, was killed.

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