Police were dispatched to the Lincoln Vineyard apartment complex after a call was made to 911 at around 11:30 a.m. Christmas day in which no one would respond to dispatchers.
When police and firefighters arrived at the apartment the call originated from, located at the back of the complex, they would find a massacre had taken place.
Inside the living room and kitchen area of the apartment police would find seven people, four women and three men aged 15 to 60, dead beside open gifts near a Christmas tree. Some were still sitting on furniture while others were on the floor.
“We think he was just inside there celebrating Christmas with the rest of them and decided for whatever reason that’s how he’s going to end things,” Grapevine police spokesman Sgt. Robert Eberling told The Associated Press.
The identities of the victims have not been released yet, but all were related either by blood or marriage, according to Grapevine Police Lt. Todd Dearing. Neighbors said they believe the shooter was the father of at least two of the victims. They say the family had moved into the apartment, but the father was still living in a foreclosed home two miles away.
The following video has a girl claiming to be a friend of one of the victims. She says her friend is Iranian and that the family were strict Muslims. She says her friend’s parents had separated recently and the mother had moved into the apartment with the couple’s two kids.Tags: Christmas, Crime, Murder, Santa, Shooting, Suicide, Texas