6 dead, including 4 children, suspect arrested

SPRING, Texas — The suspect in a mass shooting that left six people dead, including four children, has been identified and is expected to be charged with capital murder in court Thursday.

Ronald Lee Haskell, 33, was transferred to the Harris County jail overnight. He's charged in multiple shooting deaths.

Police say Haskell gathered four children in the home and waited for their parents to come home. He then shot all six people.

A 15-year-old girl who was wounded in the shooting identified Haskell and warned deputies that he planned to kill more people at another relative's home. She directed deputies to the alleged shooter's location, said Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman of the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office.

A standoff ensued when deputies cornered Haskell in a cul-de-sac in a nearby neighborhood. He surrendered after four hours.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a written statement that precinct deputy constables were called to the house in Spring, a suburb 20 miles north of Houston, about 6 p.m. Wednesday and found two adults and three children dead. Deputies found the teen and another child alive, but the child later died at a hospital.

"It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family from what our witness has told us," Herman said.

The victims were ages five to 40. Four children and two adults died. According to authorities, it was a domestic dispute between a man and his estranged wife.

Authorities did not release the victims' identities and did not say how they might be related to each other or the suspect. Contrary to earlier statements from law enforcement, the shooting victims did not include two adoptive children the suspect shared with his estranged wife.

Police said Haskell was wearing a FedEx uniform but it's not clear whether he was actually employed by the shipping company.


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