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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 (10)

 

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.

 

CARLOS 10.07.2014 18:15

Don't forget the Fort Hood shootings either. I believe the gun advocate is lying about rates of murders and in states with strong gun laws. I believe Texas is pretty bad. It may even be worse than Texas statistics suggest because of "self defense laws" which inhibit prosecution of murderers because it makes it harder to prosecute.

 

CARLOS 10.07.2014 18:12

Texas massacre: 2 killers fell upon the Caffey family in the middle of the night. the intruders first shot the parents, Terry & Penny Caffey, as they slept near Emory, Texas, 70 miles east of Dallas. The couple's 2 sons Matthew, 13, & Tyler, 8, were roused from their upstairs loft by the gunfire, but the killers told the boys to go back to bed—then followed them, shooting one & stabbing both with a sword. Using pocket lighters the men set bedspreads & furniture alight, then fled, certain that their work was done. Terry, 41, shot 5 times, staggered out of the house & crawled 300 yards to a neighbor's to call help.

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