When firefighters responded to the mass shooting at Memorial and Wycliffe in west Houston Sunday, they found themselves under fire.
"As we almost came to a stop, is when he shouldered his rifle and started aiming at us and firing on us. I could see him through the rest of the windows,” Houston Fire Capt. Ross Emblad said. Emblad was spending his second day as a captain at HFD Fire Station 57 when they got the call. He and his firefighters arrived only about 90 seconds after the call.
"We saw a man waving us off. And I ... initially thought he was pointing at somebody down the road like a shooter or a victim's down there somewhere," Emblad said.
Soon, Emblad gave a rare call that no other firefighters should respond to that location.
"And then immediately after that he pulled his rifle or AR-15. Whatever it was, he pulled it and pointed it at us and started firing. And that's when we immediately drove off further down the road on Memorial," he said.