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Mother Called 'Family Meeting' Before Shooting Daughters

| by Jonathan Constante
Christy Sheats (left) with her daughter Taylor (right).Christy Sheats (left) with her daughter Taylor (right).

New details on the Texas mother who fatally shot her two daughters before being killed by police reveal that she called a "family meeting" prior to the shootout.

Christy Sheats, 42, had gathered her husband, Jason, and her two daughters, Taylor, 22, and Madison, 17, in the living room of their suburban home on June 24 for a “family meeting,” NBC News reported.

"During that meeting, Christy Sheats held up a gun and shot both girls," the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

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Jason and the girls ran out of the home. Madison collapsed and died from injuries, according to the statement. Taylor ran into the street. Christy shot Taylor again, then went back into the house to reload.

"Christy Sheats returned and shot Taylor once more," the statement read.

Taylor was airlifted to a local hospital where she died of injuries. Jason, who was celebrating his 45th birthday, was not injured. He had run to neighbors for help.

Christy was eventually shot by police. They arrived at the home and found the girls lying on the street.

"The cops were behind the trees and behind the cars, and they told the mom to put the gun down and obviously she did not," Fazz Zainuddin, a neighbor who witnessed the incident, told KPRC.

Authorities said Christy had a history of mental illness, and that the sheriff’s office had been called to the home 14 times since January 2012, People reported. A sheriff’s office spokeswoman said the “altercations” involved “mental crisis,” but declined to give further details.

A witnessed who called 911 during the shootout said Christy appeared "pretty calm-looking."

“No expression. Blank face,” the neighbor said. "She was just walking normally with a gun. There was no expression no hurry or rush, just walking with the gun. No expression on her face she was just looking straight."

Sources: NBC News, KPRC, People / Photo credit: Facebook via People

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