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4 family members found dead in apparent Galveston murder-suicide

January 8th, 2018 - Comments »

BAYTOWN, Texas – Authorities said four family members in Baytown were found dead in a Galveston resort hotel room on Monday in an apparent murder suicide.

Police reportedly identified the shooting victims only as a 39-year-old man, a 37-year-old woman and their two sons, ages 10 and 5. Their identities are withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Investigators said the family reportedly checked into the San Luis Resort at about 7 p.m. Sunday for a one-night stay. They were found nearly 10 hours later.

Authorities said the man and two boys were lying in bed while the woman, believed to be the shooter, was found lying on the floor with a gunshot wound to the head and a handgun adjacent to her body.

The woman and her 10-year-old son were transported to the hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

Police said four shots had been fired from a 9mm handgun. A motive has not been provided for the shootings.

Galveston police spokesman Joshua Schirard said police responded to a 911 call around 4:30 a.m. Monday after a hotel guest at the San Luis Resort reported hearing “pops” coming from a nearby room on the eighth floor.

Officers reportedly arrived at the hotel room to “hear faint moaning coming from inside” and the door locked from the inside. Schirard said officers made entry and found the shooting victims.

The spokesman said the victims had all been staying in that one room, adding that the event was “self-contained” and that there was no reason to worry about an active shooter or additional suspects.

The spokesman said investigators, with major crimes detectives, were processing information that would help identify the victims and the shooter.

Steven DeFelice, a spokesman for the resort hotel, declined to comment, saying only that “an investigation is ongoing.”

The Goose Creek ISD said that one of the boys attended kindergarten and one was in the fifth grade at Victoria Walker Elementary School.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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