Five people were found dead from gunshot wounds late on Friday night in San Jacinto County, Texas. An eight-year-old was the youngest casualty.
The San Jacinto County sheriff said all five victims were from Honduras, and the suspect was a Mexican national. An investigation to identify the perpetrator was launched, and a manhunt has begun.
The 100 block of Walters Road in Cleveland’s Trails End neighborhood, some 50 miles north of Houston, was the scene of the crime. After receiving a complaint of “harassment” at approximately 11:30 p.m., sheriff’s deputies converged on the scene.
In addition, a SWAT team from Montgomery County arrived after being asked to aid. They checked a few houses in the area, but the perpetrator had already left.
At the scene of the calamity, four people were pronounced dead, and the fifth was transferred to a local trauma facility in critical condition, where they later died.
Sheriff Greg Capers said ten people had been living in the house. In addition, he said that there were four fatalities, three females and one man. The victims’ ages varied widely, from eight to twenty-one.
When officials discovered three children inside, they took them to the closest hospital for treatment. Two other home occupants required medical attention and were evaluated and released from the scene.
The sheriff will not announce the names of the victims until they have contacted their families.
Police have also acquired a copy of the suspect’s consular identity card, which confirms that he is a male Mexican citizen. The bond has been set at $5 million, and an arrest warrant has been issued for him.
The Texas Rangers are assisting with the ongoing investigation and manhunt for the suspect. The authorities have asked the people to avoid the scene because of the large number of police officers there.