A Texas man shot and killed five people, including an 8-year-old, after a neighbor asked him to stop shooting his AR-15-style rifle in his front yard late at night as their baby was sleeping.
A gunman killed five people, including an 8-year-old child, at their home in Cleveland, Texas Friday night after they asked him to stop shooting his AR-style rifle. https://t.co/1V3KtOEzfu pic.twitter.com/S8azlCjNcN
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 29, 2023
From the Washington Post:
Francisco Oropeza, 38, was charged with five counts of murder, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers told The Washington Post. Authorities believed he was about two miles from the area Saturday afternoon and were working to apprehend him, he said.
Ten people, all family members, were in the home during the shooting. Five survived, including three children. Three women and a man were killed, along with an 8-year-old boy who died later at a hospital, the sheriff’s office said on Facebook.
Two of the women who were killed were found lying on top of the surviving young children in a bedroom, “trying to protect them,” Capers told The Post by phone from the scene.
“A man [in Texas] using an AR-15-style weapon shot and killed five people Friday, including an 8-year-old — an angry response to the neighbors’ request that he stop shooting in his yard while their baby was trying to sleep [around or after 11 pm]”https://t.co/AKgJvJRC5j
— Steve Lookner (@lookner) April 29, 2023
According to the sheriff, all five victims were shot in the head.
One neighbor told the Post when they heard the shots they didn’t think anything of it because “in this neighborhood everyone has guns.”
“Every weekend you hear gunshots,” they added. “People shoot in their backyards, after they drink alcohol, men take out guns at house parties and shoot the ground.”
That goes on ‘all the time’ but folks are worried about drag queens???
Five people are dead, including an 8-year-old, after a Texas man went next door with an AR-style rifle and shot his neighbors. Two of the women killed were found laying over children to protect them. We are heartbroken and outraged. #EndGunViolencehttps://t.co/SgKQuWghZU
— Sandy Hook Promise (@sandyhook) April 29, 2023