7 shot dead at Texas football watch party; gunman killed, police say

A gunman allegedly barged into his ex-wife’s home and slaughtered seven people at a Texas football watch party Sunday night- before police responded and killed the shooter.

Two other people were wounded when the unidentified gunman opened fire inside the party at a single-family home off Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, less than 20 minutes from Dallas, around 8 p. m ., FOX4 reported. Witnesses said the group was watching the Dallas Cowboys season opener against the New York Giants.

“It voiced like an debate between a woman and a man and it get really loud…next thing you know all you heard was multiple rounds just going off, ” Crystal Sugg, who works nearby, told FOX4.

Sugg said she heard a loud argument for about 20 minutes- and then gunshots.

“I heard handguns and a lot of screaming, ” she said. “All I heard was,’ Boom, boom, boom, boom, boom.’”

Police did not identify the victims, but Debbie Lane told WFAA the gunman was her former son-in-law who killed her daughter, Meredith Lane. The mother said the couple recently got divorced after six years of wedding and the man are applied to own the home where the shooting happened.

“She was a cook, and a quite fine one, and she loved hosting friends and households, ” Lane told WFAA. “This was her first opportunity to do it after the divorce and he didn’t take it well.”

“I truly wish we knew who the other victims were. They were all close dear friends. We don’t know, ” Lane said.

Other witness reported hearing about 30 or more gunshots.

“My neighbor had already heard the first couple of shootings, and we came outside and next thing you know, all you heard was like,’ pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, ’” Steven Featherland said.

Tilley said police initially responded to a report of shots fired. When the first officer arrived and went inside the home, the policeman confronted the suspected shooter.

“After he heard the gunshots, he made entry and that’s when he observed several victims inside and then engaged the suspect, ” police spokesman David Tilley said The Dallas Morning News.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Tilley said a shooting of such magnitude was unusual for Plano, especially in such a quiet neighborhood. He could not say whether police had been called to the home before Sunday.

“I’ve been here all my life, ” Tilley said. “I’ve never heard of anything like this.”

Sugg added: “I’m in shock. It is always quiet around here.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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