A family argument resulted in the death of a mother and her two daughters.
The incident occurred on June 24 around 5 p.m. Police responded to call about a shooting in the Houston suburb of Fulshear, CBS News reported.
When police arrived at the home, they found Christy Sheats, 42, standing next to the bodies of her two daughters with a gun in her hand. Officers then shot her dead.
The two bodies were identified as 22-year-old Taylor Sheats and 17-year-old Madison Sheats. Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said Christy shot both of them and was getting ready to shoot one of them again when police intervened.
Nehls said the shooting happened after a family argument, but the reason for the argument is still unknown. Neighbors were shocked by the news.
"It's crazy. The neighborhood has never seen this kind of thing before,” Austin Enke told KHOU. “It's always quiet. This is surprising. They never showed any kind of thing that was wrong with them whatsoever.”
"I think it would be shocking for anyone, anywhere, whether you're in Fort Bend or Harris or anywhere in the country," Nehls added.
Investigators said Christy's husband was in the home at the time of the shooting. He had run to neighbors for help. Detectives also recovered the handgun Christy used and are investigating as to whether she shot at officers before she was killed.
Christy had recently defended her right to bear arms in a Facebook post, according to Jezebel.
"It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that's exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns,” Christy wrote.