Four people were found dead early Sunday morning in what Texas authorities are calling a murder-suicide, KPRC-TV reports.
Around 4:15 a.m. Sunday, a woman asked police to conduct a welfare check on her son’s home because she hadn’t heard from him for several hours, Fort Bend Sheriff Troy E. Nehls said at a news conference.
Deputies responded and looked through a window of the home, where they found two people dead in the kitchen. The deputies forced their way inside and found two additional bodies, as well as two dogs that were shot and killed.
Authorities believe the deceased are two teenagers and their mother and father. The father is the suspected shooter.
There was no record of prior law enforcement activity at the home.
“Just a horrible, horrible morning in Fort Bend County,” Nehls told reporters, according to the Houston Chronicle.
He added that it is important for people to seek help when they feel suicidal.
“It’s unfortunate. We’ve been to these before,” Nehls said. “Let’s just say if you are suicidal, if you are not feeling well about things and you are having an argument with your family, just get some help. You don’t have to harm your family. In this case, we have an entire family that is gone. That’s a sad day.”
The home is located in the area of Mission Bend, Texas, which is just west of Houston.
Investigators are speaking with the relative who asked for the welfare check and trying to learn more about what happened before the shooting.
The identities of the family members have not been released.
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