Police: 4 dead, 1 critical after murder-suicide in Texas

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Posted: Apr 07, 2017 7:11 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Investigators believe a woman fatally shot her stepfather, critically injured her mother and killed two other people at different locations in the Houston area before killing herself on Friday, according to police.

Officers responding to a welfare check at a Houston home found the bodies of the stepfather and the alleged shooter around 7:10 a.m., Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva said. Silva said the mother had also been shot and was taken to a Houston hospital in critical condition.

As detectives were investigating, they were informed of another shooting scene at a nearby home. Officers responded and found the body of a man who investigators believe was also shot by the woman, though how or whether they knew each other wasn't immediately clear, Silva said.

After responding to the shootings in Houston, police asked Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies to check on a home in Fresno, about 16 miles southwest of Houston. Silva said deputies found the body of a woman who was possibly related to the alleged shooter.

Police have not indicated what might have prompted the shootings. They also haven't released the names of the alleged shooter or victims in Houston.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office identified the woman killed in Fresno as 48-year-old Carolyn Jean Holmes. Investigators said it wasn't immediately clear when she was shot.

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