Two people were killed and two others were injured in a nighttime shooting at a nightclub in Houston, authorities said.
A gunman opened fire around 1:21 a.m. local time at Key, a club where several off-duty Harris County sheriff’s deputies had worked additional jobs as security guards, the police chief said from Houston, Troy Finner, to reporters early Monday morning.
An MP fired back, Finner said, hitting at least one man. Police believe the deputy hit the gunman, but could not immediately confirm it.
“It’s very difficult because the club was very crowded, dark inside,” Finner said, adding that investigators were reviewing the security footage.
Two men were killed at the club, Finner said, while two other people were taken to hospital with injuries, one in critical condition and the other in stable condition. Their identities have not been revealed.
Authorities said it was not clear whether there was more than one shooter. There were no suspects in custody.
Calls to the nightclub went unanswered on Monday.
No MPs were injured in the shootout, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted.
Kurt chirbas contributed.