A shooting at an apartment building near Houston, Texas on Thanksgiving night killed two people and injured two others, authorities said. The adult injured in the shooting is in critical condition.
Houston police continue to investigate the scene of an incident on the 1500 block of Baggett Lane in Spring Branch, where four people were shot dead, including three adults and one teenager. The two surviving victims were taken to the hospital, according to Fox Houston.
Assistant Police Chief Patricia Cantu said during a briefing on Thursday that the family had just finished their Thanksgiving meal when the victim’s ex-husband entered through the back door and opened fire on the family.
“The families were celebrating, they had just finished eating. The suspect, who is known to be the ex-husband of the deceased woman, entered the back door and just started shooting at people inside the house,” Cantu said.
“There were four other people in the house. As soon as they heard the shooting, they ran to the rooms for safety,” Cantu said. The suspect fired several rounds of ammunition and reloaded a firearm at least once during the riot, the chief said.
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The suspect fled the scene.
Police received a call about the shooting at 9:18 p.m., and officers arrived on the scene five minutes later, finding four people with gunshot wounds in the house.
An adult man and an adult woman were declared dead on the spot. The 15-year-old victim is in stable condition, the surviving adult male is in critical condition.
Police said they are currently unsure about the relationship between the victims as the family invited non-family friends to the meeting.
“This is a very sad situation. It’s Thanksgiving. People should celebrate with their families,” Cantu said. She added: “We are praying for the families.”
The shooting was called a “domestic incident”.
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The motive for the shooting was not immediately known. The alleged ex-husband has not been identified.
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