FAMILY FOUND DEAD IN TEXAS
- Seven people believed to be related had opened their Christmas gifts and started cleaning up the wrapping paper when they were shot dead in a suburban Texas apartment. Herald Sun reported. Officers probing the Christmas Day killing spree in Grapevine, a community of about 46,000 people 32km northwest of Dallas, believe the gunman systematically shot dead six of his own relatives after they had unwrapped their presents.
The shooter then turned one of two weapons on himself, it is believed. Four women and three men, aged 18 to 60, were found in an adjoining kitchen and living room when police entered the apartment about noon, Sgt Robert Eberling said on Sunday. Two handguns were found near the bodies in the apartment, which had been decorated with a Christmas tree, he added. "It appears they had just celebrated Christmas. They had opened their gifts," Eberling said. The victims have not yet been identified, but Eberling said all apparently died of gunshot wounds. He said authorities did not know what had sparked the incident. Grapevine Lt Todd Dearing said investigators believe that all the victims were related, but that some were visiting and did not live in the apartment. He said police were looking for other relatives for information. "Seven people in one setting in Grapevine, that's never happened before. Ever," Dearing said. He said police were doing a "meticulous" search of the apartment and he expected them to be on the scene for many hours. Police and firefighters rushed to the Lincoln Vineyards complex after receiving an open-ended emergency services call about 11.30am, Eberling said. "There was an open line. No one was saying anything," he explained. Police found the bodies after entering the apartment, at the rear of a complex in a middle-class, suburban neighbourhood of Grapevine. Many of the nearby apartments were vacant and police said no neighbours had reported hearing anything on Christmas morning. Jose Fernandez, a 35-year-old mechanic who moved to the complex with his family six months ago, said he was now afraid to let his 10-year-old son play freely outside. "This is really outrageous, especially on Christmas," said Fernandez, who was away visiting family when the shooting occurred. "This has shocked everybody. It has scared everybody," he added. "I guess something like this can happen anywhere, but seven people dead. It's just very scary." Eberling said that the area was fairly quiet. These were the first homicides in Grapevine since 2010. Christy Posch, a flight attendant who lives in another building in the complex, said she had heard no gunshots. "It's all families. That's why I moved here. No burglaries, no nothing," she said.
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