Is it just me, or are we forced to deal with a story like this every fucking week now? From KHOU.com out of Houston:
SPRING, Texas – The suspect in a mass shooting that left six people dead, including four children, ended a 3-hour long standoff Wednesday night by surrendering to authorities.
The incident happened at a home in the 700 block of Leaflet in the Enchanted Oaks subdivision.
Deputies responded to a shooting and found the victims. The sole survivor, a 15-year-old female, told authorities the gunman was on his way to another home to kill more relatives. The deputies beat him to that home.
A standoff took place in a cul-de-sac on Countrymeadows near Country Canyon. Neighbors were forced out of their homes as the situation unfolded.
After more than three hours, the suspect surrendered to authorities.
All the national outlets are all over this story this morning. I chose to quote a local source because it reflects updated information most of the national stories lack. Yesterday it was reported that the shooter was the father of the child victims, yet today the police have said that the relationship was unclear.
The victims were ages five to 40. Four children and two adults died. According to authorities, it was a domestic dispute between a man and his estranged wife.
Authorities did not release the victims’ identities and did not say how they might be related to each other or the suspect.
The 15-year-old girl is the hero here. Yahoo News tells how she saved the lives of more potential victims:
The 15-year-old was allegedly shot by the gunman, but managed to tell police who he was before she was rushed via helicopter to a hospital, where she was in critical condition, according to authorities. She is the lone survivor of Wednesday’s bloody rampage at a home in Spring, Texas.
The teen managed to dial 911 after she was shot – telling police that the man shot four of her siblings ages 4 to 13 and two adults before fleeing the house to try to kill her grandparents.
“She was able to provide us the name of the person who shot them, where he was going next,” Constable Ron Hickman said during a press conference late Wednesday. The constable had initially said the gunman was her father, but authorities backed away from that statement early today, saying the relationship was unclear.
Police called the girl their “only clue” in finding the shooter, who is now in custody.
That’s it. No snark. Move along.