One of 2 people rushed to hospital after a football watch party in Texas turned into a mass shooting died from their injuries, as authorities dubbed the violent incident 1 of the worst to occur in city of Plano. “We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude; never had this many victims. It’s just a terrible event” Plano Police Chief Gregory W Rushin said. Nine people, including suspected gunmen, were killed when football party suddenly turned violent. Police were initially contacted around 8:30 Pm on Sunday about shots fired in a suburban neighborhood off West Spring Creek Parkway. Gunshots were still ringing out from residence when the first officer arrived on scene. He said there were “bodies down in the backyard” and that the shooter was still active inside home. The officer approached the house from back and then opened fire, fatally striking the suspected shooter, later identified as Spencer Hight. His estranged wife, 27 years old Meredith Lane, was hosting the cookout. Her friends and colleagues had all come together to watch evening’s football games, starting with Atlanta Falcons and Chicago Bears, through Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants game. When authorities searched the home, they discovered 9 gunshot victims, 7 of whom were dead. Two others were hospitalized, though one of them has since succumbed to their injuries. The status of remaining gunshot victim was not immediately available.
All of victims were in their 20s and 30s. Several family members have since confirmed their loved ones were killed in Sunday shooting. Lane’s mother said that her daughter was among the dead. She added Meredith owned the home where violent incident unfolded and that she’d recently divorced her husband of 6 years. Lane and Hight reportedly stopped living together in March. Another party guest, Darryl Hawkins, never showed up for work Monday, prompting friends to turn up at Plano home, freshly taped off from general public as a crime scene. His family declined to comment but confirmed Hawkins was killed in shooting.
The loved ones of another victim, Tony Cross, similarly showed up to Spring Creek Parkway home Monday in search of answers. “My nephew was killed in the Plano shooting last night. Please keep his family in your prayers. His name was Tony Cross” Allen Richards wrote on Facebook. Police are still investigating the motive behind shooting.