A shooting at a residential home near Houston, Texas, on Thanksgiving night left two people dead and two others wounded, authorities said. An adult injured in the shooting is in critical condition.
Houston police continue to investigate the scene in the 1500 block of Baggett Lane in Spring Branch where four people were shot, including three adults and a teenager. The two surviving victims were transported to the hospital, Fox Houston reported.
HPD Deputy Director Patricia Cantu said during a briefing Thursday that the family had just finished eating a Thanksgiving meal together when the deceased’s ex-husband walked in through the back door and opened fire on the family.
“Families were celebrating, they had just finished eating. The suspect, who is known to be the ex-husband of the deceased woman, entered through the back door and began shooting at people inside the house,” Cantu said.
“There were four other people inside the house. As soon as they heard the shots, they ran to the rooms for safety,” Cantu said. The suspect discharged several rounds and reloaded the firearm at least once during the rampage, the chief said.
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The suspect fled the scene.
Police received a call of a shooting in progress at 9:18 p.m. and officers arrived at the scene five minutes later to find four people shot in the home.
An adult male and an adult female were pronounced deceased at the scene. A 15-year-old victim is in stable condition, while the surviving adult male is in critical condition.
Police said they are not sure of the relationship between the victims at this time, as the family invited non-family friends to the gathering.
“This is a very sad situation. It’s Thanksgiving. People are supposed to celebrate with their families,” Cantu said. He added: “We are praying for the families.”
The shooting was called a “home-related incident.”
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The reason for the shooting was not immediately known. The alleged ex-husband has not been identified.
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