Man charged in shooting at Tranquility Park in downtown Houston

November 22, 2011 4:13:26 PM PST
Charges have been filed against the man suspected of opening fire with an assault rifle at Tranquility Park Monday evening, moments before police shot him.

The accused gunman who came dangerously close to Occupy Houston protesters has been identified as Joshua Anthony Twohig. Neighbors describe him as a quiet man who's been dealing with a lot of personal stress.

Occupy Houston protester J.J. Freeman recalled, "The gunman was firing in the air, he was firing at my feet, and I knew that this was not a joke."

Freeman is describing the tense moments as he came face-to-face with the gunman who stormed Tranquility Park Monday night. Police have now identified the shooter as 21-year-old Joshua Anthony Twohig.

"He was carrying an AR-15 semiautomatic weapon," Freeman said. "He already emptied a clip and inserted another and I was probably, at farthest from him, about four feet."

Eyewitness News has learned Twohig is a young father who lives in an apartment complex on the north side with his wife and one-year-old child. Neighbor Vastie Driskoll says she saw the man leaving his home Monday.

She recalled, "I saw him yesterday. When he left, he was dressed up, but I thought he went on a job interview or something."

Driskoll says she was shocked hearing her neighbor of six months was arrested for firing a rifle near the Occupy Houston protester's camp. However she says the young father has been dealing with a lot of personal stresses lately.

"He lost his job, and his wife had an operation, so that's a lot of stress," Driskoll said.

A couple of police officers ended up shooting and injuring Twohig. He's in stable condition at the hospital and charged with aggravated assault on a public servant.

I spoke with Twohig's family. They did not want to comment about this ongoing investigation.

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