Two people were killed and two others were injured in a shooting at a residential home near Houston, Texas, on Thanksgiving night, officials said. The condition of an elderly person injured in the shooting remains critical.
Houston police are continuing to investigate the scene in the 1500 block of Baggett Lane in Spring Branch, where four people, including three adults and a juvenile, were shot. The two surviving victims were taken to the hospital, Fox Houston reported.
HPD Assistant Chief Patricia Cantu said during a briefing Thursday that the family had eaten a Thanksgiving meal together when the deceased’s ex-husband came through the back door and opened fire on the family.
“The family was celebrating, they just had dinner. The suspect, who is the ex-husband of the deceased woman, came through the back door and started shooting people inside the house,” Cantu said.
“There were four more people inside the house. As soon as they heard the gunshot, they ran towards the rooms for safety,” Kantu said. The chief said the suspect unloaded multiple rounds and reloaded the firearm at least once.
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The accused fled from the spot.
Police received a report of shots fired at 9:18 p.m. and officers arrived on the scene five minutes later to find four people shot in the home.
An adult male and an adult female were pronounced dead at the scene. A 15-year-old victim is in stable condition while the surviving adult male is in serious condition.
Police said they are not sure of the relationship between the victims at this time because the family had invited non-family friends to the gathering.
“It’s a very sad situation. It’s Thanksgiving. People should celebrate with their families,” Cantu said. She said: “We are praying for the families.”
The shooting was called a “domestic-related incident”.
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The motive for the shooting could not be immediately ascertained. The suspect’s ex-husband has not been identified.
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