(Washington) Five people, including an eight-year-old child, all from Honduras, were killed Friday night into Saturday at a home near Houston, Texas, authorities said, adding the suspect, a Mexican , is on the run.
Called for “harassment” and then for shooting, sheriff’s officers in San Jacinto County, in the southeast of this American state, found on the spot four “victims killed […] as well as others seriously injured by gunfire,” according to a statement from the local sheriff’s office posted on Facebook.
An eight-year-old child was pronounced dead in hospital, where three other injured people were transported, the same source added.
There were 10 people in the house, and all the victims are from Honduras, said the sheriff in a press briefing broadcast by the local channel KHOU 11.
Among the survivors, two children were found alive under the bodies of two women in a bedroom, he said.
The suspect, on the run, is “a Mexican male” according to the sheriff.
He was practicing shooting in his garden with his AR-15 type assault rifle – used in numerous shootings around the country – when neighbors asked him to stop so that a baby could sleep, which upset him. allegedly pushed to turn the gun on them, according to the sheriff and a neighbor quoted by ABC News.
The United States pays a very heavy price for the dissemination of firearms on its territory and for their ease of access. The country has more personal weapons than people: one in three adults owns at least one weapon and almost one in two adults lives in a household with a weapon.