Police in Texas believe a man fatally shot his daughter’s boyfriend, ran them both over, drove off and then killed himself, according to KDFW.
Officers said it happened as the shooter’s daughter and her boyfriend left a movie theater Friday evening.
The shooter reportedly caught the couple by surprise.
Investigators have identified the daughter’s boyfriend who died as, Omar Soto, 22. Officers said the shooter’s daughter was seriously injured.
“(The shooter) confronted them rather quickly and just asked the boyfriend, ‘Hey, what’s your name?'” Arlington Police Lt. Christopher Cook told KDFW.
“He responded what his name was, and then he shot him multiple times,” Cook said.
Police said the gunman shot his daughter as she tended to Soto in the theater parking lot.
“He actually backed up after the shooting and went around an aisle and deliberately ran over both of them as they were sitting there,” Cook said.
Thankfully, a third person with Soto and his girlfriend was not injured, KDFW reported.
Police were able to interview the shooter’s daughter despite her injuries.
“That’s how we were able to get suspect information out so quick,” Cook said. “She knew it was her father (and) was able to provide us a vehicle description,” he adds.
Investigators reportedly located the shooter’s truck in another parking lot later Friday night and found the gunman inside of the vehicle dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Friends said Soto studied architecture at the University of Texas Arlington and graduated in May, according to KDFW.
Soto’s brother said the deceased victim intended to get a master’s degree and open his own business.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Soto wanted to work on residential housing as a career. The Dallas Morning News added that, while in college, Soto built tiny houses, structures less than 400 square feet.
“He was humble, smart, intelligent, full of life hopes and dreams and on his way to become a great Architect,” Soto’s cousin wrote on a GoFundMe page. “Unfortunately your life was taken away too soon and all we have now are the wonderful memories we shared together that I and all your family and friends will keep stored in our hearts.
Investigators have not yet determined what led to the shooting and expect it will take some time to come up with a motive, the Dallas Morning News reports. The identities of Soto’s girlfriend or her father, the shooter, have not been released.
[Featured image: GoFundMe]