A man is suspected of shooting and killing four of his young children and the two adults who were watching them. He also allegedly shot his 15-year-old daughter -- who survived – at a home in Houston Wednesday night.
Ron Lee Haskell, 34, reportedly went to the house where his children were staying and fatally shot his two sons, ages 13 and 4, two daughters, ages 9 and 7, a 33-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man, reports CNN. He also shot the teen girl, who is currently hospitalized and in critical condition. Two of the children who died were adopted and the other two were Haskell’s biological children.
The teen was able to phone 911 and report that a man was planning on shooting her grandparents. As a result, police say they pulled the grandparents out of their house before anything could happen to them.
Haskell, whose wife lives out of state, reportedly fled once police arrived at the house and authorities were forced to chase him, according to ABC News. He was found in the driver’s seat of his truck, where he was holding a gun to his head. After a three-hour standoff, he surrendered and was apprehended, reports Daily Mail. He is in custody and faces multiple counts of capital murder.
“It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family from what our witness has told us,” said Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office. No further explanation has been provided at this time.
When police arrived at the scene, three of the children and the two adults were found dead. The fourth child died while being airlifted to a hospital.
Police say Haskell was as “cool as a cucumber” and “just sitting in his car looking out at us” when they approached to apprehend him.