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Gunman remains on the lam after fatally shooting two people on Houston freeway


Police investigate fatal shooting on Texas freeway. (Houston Police Department)

Houston police were on the hunt Friday for a brazen gunman who opened fire on a busy highway during rush hour, killing two men after a spectacular crash in what authorities suspect was a drug-related shooting.

Police initially received a call about an accident on Interstate 10 just before 6 p.m. Thursday. Officers arrived minutes later to a chaotic crash and shooting scene.

“There is a high probability the murders are drug related,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted Friday afternoon.

According to investigators, the gunman’s vehicle rammed into a silver sedan in the eastbound lane of the Houston highway, triggering a spin-out into the rush-hour traffic.

The shooter, armed with what witnesses described as a shotgun, then stormed out of his car and unleashed a barrage of bullets on the smashed sedan — and continued to spray the vehicle with bullets, following it on foot as it rolled down a hill, authorities said.

Bystanders tried to provide first aid to the sedan occupants; both were pronounced dead on the scene.

Another person at the scene, who was armed, said he even took several shots at the gunman, though it’s unclear if he was injured.

Cops put up a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

“The shooter is described only as a Hispanic male in his 20s, about 5'7," Acevedo tweeted. "He was wearing a red shirt and fled the scene in a newer model, dark colored 4-door sedan.

Police haven’t released the name of the victims, who they say are 25 and 33 years old.