Five people, including an 8-year-old child, were killed in a shooting that occurred Friday night in a home in Texas, United States. There have been more than 5,800 gun deaths in the country so far this year, not counting suicides. So far, in 2023 alone, 174 massacres of this kind have taken place. The man is still on the run.
The suspect in this latest massacre in Texas is a 38-year-old man who fled the scene and was later pursued by police, according to the sheriff of Cleveland, an hour northeast of Houston.
NPR radio quoted police as saying the suspect was a neighbor of the victims. The attack took place after one of the people who were living in the victims’ home asked the suspect to stop shooting in his yard because they were trying to put a baby to sleep.
Police received a call about the shooting at around 11:30pm local time, 6:30am on Saturday in mainland Spain.
When the agents arrived, they found four dead people in the house: three women and one man. The 8-year-old boy was declared dead at a local hospital where he was taken.
The police said in a press conference compiled by the “AP” agency that the five dead were shot in the head as if they were executed.
He added that the shooter used an AR-15 assault rifle. Access to assault weapons was restricted in the United States from 1994 to 2004 at the initiative of Democrats, but the President George W Bush, Republican, let the veto end.
Despite the massive increase in gun deaths in the United States, including massacres in temples, supermarkets, and even schools, neither the Capitol nor the White House has agreed to limit gun purchases and possession. According to the Gun Violence Archive, massacres like this have grown, with more than four fatalities, from 383 in 2016 to 647 in 2022.
In the latest case in Texas, three injured people were hospitalized. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that two others, who were inside the home, were treated there and have already been released.