A mother fatally shot her two daughters on a public street near Houston, Texas, on Friday afternoon, before she too was shot dead by police.
Around 5 p.m. local time, officers began receiving 911 calls about shots fired in the city of Fulshear, just to the west of Houston, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook.
When they arrived on scene, they found Madison Sheats and her sister, Taylor, had been shot. One of the girls died on the street, but another was flown to a hospital in critical condition but could not be saved.
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s office identified the girls’ mother, Christy Sheats as the shooter.
“The armed shooter was also in the street and, after refusing to drop her weapon, was shot and killed by a Fulshear officer,” the Sheriff’s office said.
“Our officer was forced to take action,” the Fulshear Police Department wrote on Facebook, without identifying the officer involved. “He was not injured and no deputies were injured.”
“This was a tragic and unfortunate occurrence and we are deeply saddened by the results,” police said. “This has been a family disturbance,” Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls told reporters, “and it appears that the mother ended up shooting her two children.”
“It was a family argument that turned into a shooting,” Nehls told the Houston Chronicle. “But we’re still trying to put the pieces together.”