Terrifying incident took place in Dallas last Sunday, when seven people were shot in a suburban Dallas home where they gathered to watch the Dallas Cowboys football game, according to police reports. The shooter was identified by a parent of one of the victims, and he was killed by a police officer who responded to the shooting.
Via Western Journalism:
Quoting a woman who lives near the house where the shooting took place, local news stationKDFW reported the incident began with an argument between a man and a woman.
“We were watching the Cowboys game and we heard gunfire. And my son was out on the patio. I jumped up, went outside, smelled the gun smoke or the residue from the gunfire. I told the boys to come back in and heard another round of gunfire. It was really scary,” said the woman, who was not identified.
“We just came in. You know, we just didn’t know if there was still another shooter and we could see the cops looking up and down the alley. So I just wanted to make sure all the doors were locked and that somebody wouldn’t run to our house and try to come in,” she added.
An officer responded and heard gunfire as he arrived.
“He made entry, and that’s when he observed several victims inside and then engaged the suspect,” said Officer David Tilley, a police spokesman.
The officer fatally shot the gunman, whose name has not been released. The officer was not hurt.
Stacey Glover, who lives in the area, told The Dallas Morning News the party had started in the afternoon, but at about 8 p.m. local time, she heard shots being fired.
After first responders arrived on the scene, she said she heard police yelling, “Hands up” before more gunfire took place.
“I’ve been here all my life,” Tilley said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this.”
Debbie Lane, the mother of, Meredith Hight, 27, told local station WFAA that her daughter was among the dead and that Hight’s estranged husband killed her. She said her daughter owned the house where the party took place.
“She was a cook, and a quite fine one, and she loved hosting friends and families,” Lane said. “This was her first opportunity to do it after the divorce and he didn’t take it well.”
Officials have not officially identified the shooter or the victims. In addition to the seven people at the party who were killed, two victims were in critical condition as of Monday.
No names have been released by authorities. As of Monday afternoon, police said, some families had not yet been notified.
“We’re still shy of details,” Rushin told reporters. “I apologize for that. There’s so much to do when you have this many victims.”
But word of what had happened spread throughout the once-quiet suburb of Plano, and beyond, and horror followed the news.
“I’m friends with probably everyone that was in that house,” a man who approached a neighbor at the scene said in the wake of the carnage, according to the Morning News.