News

 

UPDATE: Father accused of shooting children and adults in Texas home

Authorities say 4 of his children were killed along with 2 adults.

A man who authorities say went on a shooting rampage at a suburban Houston home, killing four children and two adults and wounding a 15-year-old girl critically, has surrendered after a standoff and is in custody, police said.

Investigators plan to charge the man Thursday, a day after the rampage in a usually quiet middle-class subdivision in Spring, Texas, said Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Thomas Gilliland.

Gilliland described the dead as two boys, ages 4 and 14; two girls, ages 7 and 9; a 39-year-old man; and a 33-year-old woman. The gunman and his wife are estranged, and she lives out of state, he said. All of the children were theirs, while two were adopted.

Gilliland said the wounded daughter orginally identified the man as her father and the gunman, but police said Thursday he was not the father but rather married to a relative of one of those that lived in the home. After a brief chase, the man held deputies at bay for three hours before he surrendered.

The teenager was able to call 911 and later warned deputies that the man planned to go to her grandparents' home to kill them, Gilliland said.

The sheriff's department said precinct deputy constables were called to the house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital.

``It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family from what our witness has told us,'' Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office told reporters. He did not explain further.

Authorities also did not release the identities of the victims or the suspect, nor did they say whether the adults who were killed were related to the children or their gunman.

Gilliland said the teenager was in ``very critical condition'' at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston late Wednesday night. After the 15-year-old survivor told deputies that the man was headed to her grandparents' home, they were able to pass along the warning, he said.

Authorities said the teen's information also helped them intercept the suspect. The suspected gunman then led authorities on a chase, with nearly two dozen deputy constables' patrol cars following him into a cul de-sac shortly before 7 p.m. There, the suspect's boxed-in vehicle remained for hours. Finally, about 10 p.m., after hours of waiting and negotiations, the man emerged from his car, raised his hands and sank to his knees as deputies placed him under arrest.

During that time, Gilliland said, there were ``two hours of constant talking with a man armed with a pistol to his head and who had just killed six people.''

Gilliland described the man as in his 30s with a beard ``and cool as a cucumber.'' He said that when he and other officers first approached, the man was ``just sitting in his car looking out at us.''

``This concluded the way we wanted it to,'' Gilliland said after the surrender.

Said Precinct 4 Constable Ron Hickman: ``He was in the car for 3 1/2 hours. He was worn down like the rest of us. He came out of the car without resistance.''

(Associated Press writers Emily Schmall in Fort Worth and Ramit lushnick-Masti in Houston contributed to this report.)

Leave a comment:

· Subscribe to comments
Log in and be the first to comment!

Your GTA

Sign Up For Breaking News Alerts

Becoming a member only takes 60 seconds! Members get access to exclusive information and products that non-members do not, including concert ticket presales, trips, advance notice on upcoming entertainment events, movie screening passes, music giveaways and more!

Login with Facebook

Stay connected 24/7! Receive breaking news and programming alerts right to your inbox. CLICK HERE to sign-up.

Today's Poll

Are you doing anything to further protect yourself from Ebola?

Voting is restricted to one vote every 24 hour(s) VoteResults

Top Stories

Facebook

Twitter