Authorities in Texas say five relatives — including a 15-month-old girl — were killed in a shooting at a residence in Polk County this week.
According to WSMV, authorities arrived at the scene at about 10:30 a.m. on Monday after a woman in the home who survived the gunfire contacted her son to report the incident.
Polk County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Byron Lyons called it a “horrible, horrific scene” and a “horrible, horrific crime” that investigators were not officially calling a murder-suicide investigation as of the latest reports available. Officials said they were holding off on any official statement on the suspected nature of the deaths until a medical examiner’s report is complete, as reported by WPVI.
Lyons said authorities had not made any arrests and were not looking for any suspects in connection with the incident.
“We want the community to know they are safe,” he said.
Investigators said officers found a firearm inside the home along with the bodies of 27-year-old Ashley Horn, her grandmother, Linda Delaney, 72, Delaney’s husband, Carlos, 74, Randy Horn, 54, and Ashley Horn’s 15-month-old daughter, Ranley. The bodies were discovered both inside and outside of the residence near Livingston.
The sixth individual, identified as Ashley Horn’s mother, reportedly said she hid in a bedroom and escaped injury when she heard gunshots at about 5:30 a.m.
Lyons included a call for community support in his media statement regarding the incident.
“What I would ask is that the community would pray for his family,” he said. “Pray for this community. This is something that we’re not used to.”
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