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Man who shot 6 in Texas was not victims’ father

Published time: July 10, 2014 14:38
Edited time: July 10, 2014 17:27
Harris County Precinct 4 constables stand at the door of a home where several people were shot to death, in the Houston suburb of Spring, in Texas July 10, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Kramer)

Harris County Precinct 4 constables stand at the door of a home where several people were shot to death, in the Houston suburb of Spring, in Texas July 10, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Kramer)

Police have backed away from earlier claims that the man who shot dead two adults and four children in a Houston suburb was their father, but confirmed that he was going through a divorce from the sister of the victims’ family.

33-year-old Ron Lee Haskell arrived in Texas on Wednesday, dressed in a Fedex courier uniform, and went to his relatives’ house, where he held five children - his nephews and nieces - hostage, waiting for their parents to arrive, said Harris County constable Ron Hickman during a press conference on Thursday morning.

Once the adults got there, Haskell shot all of them, but one of the victims, a 15-year-old girl was able to warn the police about his plans to kill her grandparents. The girl – the sole survivor of the shooting - was airlifted to a hospital, and remains in critical condition.

“I have not personally, in 40 years of my work, seen a family tragedy this horrific,” said Hickman. The dead boys were 4 and 14 and the girls aged 7 and 9.

A Harris County Medical Examiner prepares to place a body into the coroner's van as they remove bodies from a home after several people were shot to death, in the Houston suburb of Spring, in Texas early July 10, 2014 (Reuters / Daniel Kramer)

Sheriffs headed to the second location, at which point Haskell took off. Following a low-speed chase, Haskell was blocked off in a cul-de-sac, as police negotiated his surrender. The suspected murderer appeared disturbed, and lifted his weapon to his head throughout the talks with officers, before finally giving himself up without resistance three hours later.

Haskell, who will face the court on Friday for an initial hearing, has been charged with capital murder, but has not revealed his motivation for the rampage, with police saying that his domestic problems appeared to be the likely trigger.

Comments (24)

 

Lamotte Cason 10.07.2014 18:54

Serial killing is common throughout the United States, not just in a few areas. The country has cancer and that cancer is immorality.

 

Lamotte Cason 10.07.2014 18:50

Sid Fredickson
They execute more people. That's because other states would let such murderers go free like after 20 years or so.

It's good and right that Texas has such tough execution laws.====


You can accuse the Unite States of many things, but you can't accuse it of letting murderers go free. The United States lead the world in incarceration and executions of its citizens. Ever heard of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Texas serial killers like Charles Albright, Dean Corrl, Joe Ball, Coral Eugene Watts, I-35 murders(Dallas), Velma Barfield, Betty Lou Beets, etc? Serial killing is very common in Texas. BIG LIST!

 

Alex Ramsey 10.07.2014 18:39

I think he was fedup looking at his pretty face everyday.I ...love to see him dance on the chair.

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