A woman fatally shot two of her daughters in a quiet suburb outside Houston before she was killed by a police officer.
Christy Sheats, 42, shot her daughters Taylor Sheats, 22, and Madison Sheats, 17, following a family dispute that spilled out from their home and onto the street in Fulshear, Texas, on Friday.
The mother was killed by a responding police officer after she refused to drop her pistol. Madison was pronounced dead on the scene, while Taylor was airlifted to a hospital where she later died.
Police received an emergency call around 5pm on Friday evening and found daughters Taylor and Madison lying outside in the 6000 block of Remson Hollow Lane.
Christy was still holding a pistol, and a Fulshear police officer was forced to shoot her after she refused to put it down, said Troy Nehls, a Fort Bend County Sheriff.
It is unclear whether Christy was pointing the gun at the responding police officer or at one of her daughters.
Madison was dead by the time authorities arrived on the scene, according to the sheriff’s office.
Taylor was airlifted to Texas Medical Center in Houston in critical condition on Friday, and the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office confirmed she had died by Saturday morning.
The husband and father was home at the time, but not injured. He was later taken to a hospital because he was distraught.
‘It was a family argument that turned into a shooting. But we’re still trying to put the pieces together,’ Sheriff Nehls told the Houston Chronicle.
He said it was too early to establish a motive and added: ‘Right now, all we can do is try to pray for the father and the husband so he can try to work through this.’
Authorities have been called to the home multiple times in the past, but it remains unclear why.