The burglary suspect who shot and wounded two Houston police officers Tuesday has been linked to a criminal gang called the 52 Hoovers, a subset of the Crips with members in northeast, south and east Houston, a police union official said Wednesday.

The man - who has not been publicly identified - died at the scene after opening fire on Officers Ronny Cortez and Jose Muñoz.

Cortez remains hospitalized with a bullet lodged near his spine, and is expected to have surgery Wednesday.  Muñoz, 34, a 10-year HPD veteran, was shot in the foot and is set to be released from the hospital, said Joe Gamaldi, second vice president for the Houston Police Officers Union. Cortez remains at Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The shooter used a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun, Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo said at an afternoon press conference Wednesday.

Police don't think the second burglary suspect who is at large fired on officers, Acevedo said, declining to comment on what charges that suspect might face.

 

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