New Details About Texas Shooting Released by Authorities
Police have released new documents about the mass shooting in Texas, where a man shot dead his estranged wife and seven of their friends as they prepared to watch a Dallas Cowboys football game.
The warrants, obtained by CBS, detail what the police found at the scene, and the timeline of the crimes.
On Sept. 10 the gunman, Spencer Hight, 32, was looking for his estranged wife, Meredith Lane Hight, 27, according to the documents. After not finding Meredith at work, he went to her home, and found her hosting a party.
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The crowd of friends were preparing to watch the Dallas Cowboys football game, police said.
As Hight entered the house and started shooting, a witness told police that she heard Meredith ask, “Did you really have to do this?” He continued firing.
Earlier that evening, Hight had gone to a local bar and brandished a knife and pistol, the Dallas Observer reported. Documents state that the employee at the local bar was worried about his behaviour so he walked Hight to his car so he could put away his weapons. According to the warrants Hight said that he didn’t want the employee to see what was in his car and asked the employee to turn away.
Documents reveal that a police officer found a handgun in Hight’s waistband and a rifle attached to his body by a sling, according to WKYC.
Police found “open gun cases and open boxes of ammunition inside the home in plain view in Hight’s apartment, the report said.
The full list of victims released from the police are Meredith Hight, 27, estranged wife of the suspect; Anthony Cross, 33; Olivia Deffner, 24; James Dunlop, 29; Darryl Hawkins, 22; Rion Morgan, 31; Myah Bass, 28; and Caleb Edwards, 25.
“We’ve never had a shooting of this magnitude, we’ve never seen this many victims before,” Plano Police Department Chief Gregory Rushin said at a news conference shortly after the crime.
Witnesses heard multiple shots coming from the home that was hosting the party, according to a video by local Fox news reporter Allison Harris.
Steven Featherland says he heard 30-40 gunshots coming from home that had been hosting a party: pic.twitter.com/Mh7ed21TTI
— Allison Harris (@AllisonFox4News) September 11, 2017
A witness saw a Plano police officer fatally shoot Hight, ending his shooting spree.
“When something like this occurs you can’t wait … this officer went directly into fire where fire is taking place and stopped the shooter’s ability to continue to kill people. I think the officer showed great bravery,” Rushin said of the officer.