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4 Children, 2 Adults Killed In Apparent Domestic Dispute In Texas

NPR | July 10, 2014 8:24 a.m.

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Scott Neuman

A father who is a suspect in the shooting deaths of four children and two adults surrendered to police in a Houston suburb after a 3-hour standoff last Wednesday night.

Police haven’t released the identities of the suspect or the victims from the Wednesday night shooting in Spring, Texas, but Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Gilliland said the dead included two boys, ages 4 and 14; two girls, ages 7 and 9; a 39-year-old man; and a 33-year-old woman, according to The Associated Press.

Houston Public Media’s Jack Williams reports:

“The shootings happened at a home on a quiet, tree-lined street in a suburb about 20 miles north of Houston.

“The suspect, described as a man in his 30s, could be seen holding his hands above his head as he gave up.”

Houston’s KHOU.com says: “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.”

Gilliland says survivor identified her father as the gunman. After a brief chase, the man held deputies at bay for three hours before he surrendered, the AP says.

“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, according to AP.

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