Numerous injuries have been reported after a gunman opened fire on a shopping centre in Houston, Texas, on 26 September.

The suspect has been shot dead and local police do not believe anyone else is involved in the incident. Houston Police have confirmed that the situation is "contained", however residents in the neighbourhood have been asked to avoid the area.

Houston Police tweeted: "Active shooter at Wesleyan & Bissonnet has been shot by our officers. No reports of other suspects at this time. Several people shot by suspect are being transported to area hospitals."

A bomb squad has been sent in to check the suspect's vehicle. Media reports indicated that the incident took place at roughly 6.30am local time and the gunfire lasted 20 minutes.

Houston Police have confirmed that a total of nine people were injured during the shooting. One is in critical condition at Memorial Hermann Hospital while another is in a series condition at Ben Taub.

Further information has also revealed that the suspected gunman was a lawyer. The suspect had additional weapons in his vehicle and the police are will search their home. An investigation is also being conducted into whether issues at the suspect's law firm led to the shooting.

Fox News has identified the gunman as Nathan DeSai, citing multiple sources. A reporter for ABC13 reportedly spoke with DeSai's father, who confirmed that his son had been upset over the failure of his law firm.

Eduardo Andrade, 42, was driving past the area when the shooting took place. The father-of-two was on his way to the gym when his car was reportedly struck by two bullets, one of which came through the windshield and the other through the passenger window.

He told Chron News: "As I was driving by Law Street I suddenly heard a big explosion. I covered myself, accelerated and tried to get out of there. I did not know if someone was following me or trying to shoot me. One bullet hit here and the other here. I felt the hot air."

The Houston shooting comes three days after a similar shooting at a shopping center in Washington, during which five people were killed. The gunman, 20-year-old Arcan Cetin, was born in Turkey and is a legal permanent resident of the United States with no evidence to suggest that the attack was linked to terrorism.