A man who was firing shots into the air with an assault rifle on Friday night in Cleveland, Texas, opened fire on neighbors because they asked him to stop making noise with his rifle. They had a baby and there was no way he was going to sleep.
This is the version offered by the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office when reporting that the gunman, identified as Francisco Oropeza, 38, a native of Mexico, had fled after killing five people in that house, including a child from eight years. The oldest was 40 years old. All of them were immigrants from Honduras, always according to this version.
Two women were found dead in a room, both covering the baby, who survived, ABC reported.
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The youngest victim of the shooting was 8 years old.
The alleged perpetrator was described as a man of Hispanic appearance and was very agitated, apparently in a state of intoxication. He used the fashionable weapon in the United States in this type of killing, an AR-15 semiautomatic, the imitation rifle for military use. A weapon of war widely spread among civilians.
“A neighbor came up to the fence between the houses and asked him to stop shooting, it was making a lot of noise,” said Sheriff Greg Capers. From here the anger was unleashed.
This tragedy comes the week after Americans were stunned by a series of banal events that created great alarm. There were four shootings due to common mistakes, something as normal as taking the wrong turn, which cost the life of a 20-year-old girl in upstate New York, on the doorstep (injured a teenager in Kansas City); two other cheeleaders for taking the wrong car in a parking lot in Texas, and an injured girl, in North Carolina, while going to get the ball from a neighbor’s yard. Her parents were also shot.
On this occasion, in Cleveland, about 90 kilometers from Houston, the gunman left, in addition to the five dead, as many wounded. The sheriff’s office explained that the dead were shot from the neck up, almost in execution fashion.
The police came to the house after a call in a case of harassment. Upon arrival, they found this new massacre, of which there are already close to 200 so far this year in the United States, at an average of more than one per day. Investigators indicated they were looking for a dark-haired man, about five foot seven, who was dressed in jeans, a black shirt, and boots.
“That he was shooting in his garden is evident because we have found numerous shell casings,” police said. Neighbors in the area were asked not to leave their homes due to the danger of that gunman, although some sources indicated that he had fled that county.
Investigators revealed the identity of that person after a few hours, but did not indicate whether there was any possible relationship with his victims other than the neighborhood. One of the five deceased died at the hospital.