A gunman killed at least six people in the Houston suburb of Spring¬†and after that¬†engaged local police¬†in a three-hour-long standoff before finally surrendering late Wednesday.
Six members of a Spring family, including four children, were killed on¬†Wednesday after an apparent domestic dispute¬†at their home¬†and a relative was arrestedthree hours later after a police chase and a tense standoff in the cul-de-sac of a nearby neighborhood.
A 15-year-old teen¬†was hurt¬†in the shooting¬†and was soon delivered to¬†Memorial Hermann Hospital¬†where she still remains in critical condition.¬†None of the victims have yet been identified.
Mark Herman, assistant chief deputy for the Precinct 4 Harris County constable, revealed to reporters that local¬†authorities responded to a call¬†of a shooting about 6 p.m. at the home on Leaflet Lane.
Arrived at the scene they¬†found five people dead and two others with gunshot wounds to the head. Both alive victims were¬†taken by Life Flight helicopter to the hospital, where one of them died.
Before being flown to the hospital, one of the wounded told¬†police officers that the shooting arose from a domestic conflict¬†involving “someone who had left the family.”
The assistant also unveiled to the media that¬†the victim, a female, was able even to describe the suspect, recalled the type of car his car, and said he didn’t hide his further plans¬†to kill other family members at another address.
Authorities were dispatched to the home of the relatives a short distance away, near Ponderosa and Anvil, and managed to arrive right¬†before the suspect appeared there.
“As soon as they got over there, he came driving up, and that’s when the chase started,” Herman said, crediting the victim’s information with saving the relatives’ lives.
“A 25-minute pursuit ended in a standoff at a cul-de-sac in a nearby subdivision on Country Meadow Drive after police, using spike strips, disabled his car,” describes the scene Chron.
“Authorities evacuated residents near the scene in the Country Lake Estates subdivision, while SWAT negotiators attempted to defuse the situation,” the publication adds.
The standoff with the gunman¬†was ended in the middle of the night. SWAT teams sandwiched his Honda sedan between two hulking armored vehicles at the end of a quiet neighborhood street and bathed it in floodlights.
The suspect eventually surrendered after several tense hours and was taken into custody. At one point during the standoff, the suspect pointed a gun at his head, police said.
On late Wednesday¬†the victims of the terrible shooting were identified as a man, a woman and four children ages 4 to 13. He said a 15-year-old teen¬†was the only survivor at that hour. Currently¬†investigators are¬†trying to establish¬†the exact family relationships.
It was “obviously a domestic situation that went south,”¬†a source familiar with the matter¬†said. “Probably a divorce or at least a separation.”
“While quickly responding to that location, we saw him coming up to that residence where other relatives of that family lived and we assumed he meant to shoot them as well,” authorities¬†said.
A woman who said she lives across the street from the house described the family as “close-knit.” “It was a Mormon family,” she said. “They were very sweet and their kids were very shy. This is a sad, sad day.”