6 dead in shooting at Houston-area home

SPRING, Texas — Six people, four of them children, were fatally shot in a Houston suburb Wednesday in what police described as a domestic dispute.

A standoff with the suspected gunman later ensued when deputies cornered him in a cul-de-sac in a nearby neighborhood. The suspect surrendered after three hours.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement that precinct deputy constables were called to the house in the northern Houston suburb of Spring about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Another child later died at a hospital.

"It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family from what our witness has told us," Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said.

Authorities did not release the victims' identities and did not say how they might be related to each other or the suspect.

Herman said a woman who was wounded identified the gunman and warned that he planned to kill more people at another relative's home.

Spring is about 25 miles north of Houston.

The victims ranged in age from 5 to 40.

Herman said a child died after being airlifted to a Houston hospital. The woman and child were the only victims still alive when deputies arrived, he said.

Deputies were able to intercept, chase and corner the suspect in his vehicle in a cul-de-sac about 3 miles from the shooting scene, authorities said. Deputies used armored vehicles to block the suspect's car.

Contributing: The Associated Press


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