We’re still reeling over this horrible, tragic shooting this past weekend.
ICYMI, a Texas woman shot and killed her two daughters and attempted to shoot her husband on Friday afternoon before she was shot and killed by police officers when she refused to drop her weapon.
Now, we are learning more about the horrific incident in the town of Katy, including how the woman — 42-year-old Christy Sheats (pictured above, left, with her daughter Madison) — called a “family meeting” to get everybody together in the living room.
Christy used the meeting ruse as an ambush, and after a quarrel, she began shooting.
Daughters Taylor, 22, and Madison, 17, were killed, with Madison dying as she tried to run out the front door after the firing began.
Taylor made it into the street after being wounded, but she was shot again when Christy followed her outside and continued to fire.
From there, a witness told police that Christy went back inside to reload the gun as Jason, 45, her husband, ran down their street to try to escape.
He made it out safely, at which point police officers arrived and encountered Christy. They ordered her to drop the weapon, but when she refused, Katy police were forced to shoot and kill her, too.
Jason wasn’t injured in the shooting, but he was obviously shell-shocked and devastated — and to add to the matter, Friday had been his birthday.
A neighbor, Chapin Knickerson, said of the poor father and daughters:
“Dad really loved the daughters, kids were well mannered, very respectable as well.”
And another neighbor, Sabeeh Siddiqui, recounted witnessing the end of the event:
“I just heard a quarrel, a domestic dispute. I didn’t want to get involved, but soon afterwards, I heard a gunshot, so I opened up the blinds, and I saw a police officer aiming his gun toward somebody and saying drop your weapon.”
We’re learning more about the girls killed in the shooting, too.
Taylor had graduated from college with honors a year ago, and was in the process of planning to marry her long-term boyfriend, while Madison was going into her senior year at a local high school.
John Hollis, a man who employed Christy for several months last year as a receptionist at a tattoo removal business, was shocked and saddened by the woman’s decision to shoot her children, saying:
“It shook me to the core. It was shocking, truly shocking. She had a charm about her; apparently that was something that if she wanted to turn it on, she could turn it on and if turned the other way, it turned the other way.”
Hollis, who also said he didn’t see any warning signs that would have led Christy to this, informed media that Christy and Jason had been separated at the time of the incident.
Such a sad, sad loss of young life that was so needless and tragic.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Madison and Taylor’s family, friends, and loved ones, and with Jason as he attempts to make sense of this unimaginable tragedy.
[Image via Facebook.]