(Cleveland) The man suspected of killing five people, including a nine-year-old boy, with an AR-type machine gun in Texas, United States, has been arrested.
Francisco Oropeza, 38, was taken into custody on Tuesday, four days after the shooting that took place Friday night in Cleveland, about 70 miles north of Houston.
Mr. Oropeza was arrested without incident, according to Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson. The latter, however, did not want to specify whether the suspect was armed when he was arrested or how the authorities managed to locate him.
Police had used drones and tracker dogs during the massive manhunt that unfolded to find Mr Oropeza. She had also raked from top to bottom a wooded area located a few kilometers from the scene of the shooting.
In total, more than 250 law enforcement officers, working for different services, participated in the search operations.
San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said Oropeza fled the scene after the attack, which also claimed the lives of four adults.
According to preliminary information, Mr. Oropeza opened fire on his neighbors when the family confronted him late at night about gunfire in his yard.
The suspect is a Mexican citizen who has already been deported from the United States four times, between March 2009 and July 2016, according to American authorities.
The victims of the attack were identified as Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21, Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18, Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25, and Daniel Enrique Laso, nine.