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Sole Survivor of Texas House Shooting Called 911, Alerted Police to Killer's Plans

| by Lina Batarags

A 15-year-old girl who had been shot in the head during Wednesday's deadly Texas shooting managed to place a critical phone call that police believe may have saved several lives.

The shooter, now identified as Ron Haskell, killed four children and two adults in a Spring, Texas home on Wednesday night.

According to testimony in a preliminary hearing, Haskell shot the victims after kicking open their door, tying them up face down on the floor, and demanding to know where his wife was.

He then shot them in execution style.

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The children were ages four, seven, nine and thirteen.

Original reports indicated that the children were Haskell's; police now believe the children were not his, but other relatives'.

The 15-year-old girl was the only survivor of the shooting; it is not yet clear whether she is Haskell's daughter.

Police have stated that during her phone call, she told a 911 operator that Haskell was on his way to kill her grandparents.

Police then chased down his car, managed to stop him from killing any more people, and apprehended him after "very intense hostage negotiations."

Haskell is currently in custody.

Reports indicate that he is either 33 or 34 years old. He and his wife are estranged; according to ABC News, she was not in town during the shooting.

ABC News reports that the week before his deadly rampage, Haskell had taped his mother to a chair, choked her and threatened her for speaking to his ex-wife.

His wife had filed a domestic abuse complaint against him in 2008 after he dragged her by the hair and repeatedly punched her in the head.

Sources: Gawker, ABC News

Photo Sources: ABC News, WDTN