Five family members — among them a 15-month-old child — were found dead of gunshot wounds Monday morning at a Polk County ranch, according to authorities.
Polk County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the two men inside a home and three women, including the child, outside in the 3600 block of FM 3126 around 10:30 a.m. after receiving a call of an assault.
Each of the victims were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.
A sixth person had been locked inside a bedroom during the killings and woke up around 5:30 a.m. to a commotion that police described as popping noises, said Byron Lyons, chief deputy of the sheriff’s office. She called her son, who then called the authorities.
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The woman was not hurt.
The slain were identified as Ashley Delaney and her husband, Randy Horn, as well as their child. The great-grandparents of the child, Carlos and Lynda Delaney, were also those killed, Lyons said.
The chief deputy declined to say whether or not the shooting was a murder-suicide.
A firearm was recovered from the home, which is about 75 miles northeast of Houston, and no suspects are outstanding, he said.
“This has been a rough day,” Lyons said during a press conference Monday night. “This is a horrible, horrific crime. I ask that the community pray for this family. This is something Polk County is not used to.”
The Texas Rangers is also investigating the shooting.
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