A Texas mother has been shot and killed by police after she gunned down her two daughters in suburban street. Reports began emerging from Katy, in the city of Houston, after 5pm local time (11pm GMT) on Friday, 24 June, that a woman with a gun was on the loose.
Police say that when they arrived at the street an armed shooter, allegedly holding a pistol, refused to drop her weapon and was subsequently shot and killed. At the time of their arrival, one of the victims was already dead whilst a second victim was rushed to hospital but later died. Officers later blocked off the street where the bodies were found
Police have not released the names or ages of the deceased but did say that a family argument had erupted outside their property, in Fort Bend County. County Sheriff Troy Nehls said the victims' father was at home at the time of the shooting.
He was not injured but was taken to a local hospital because he was distraught after the incident. Sheriff Nehls said according to the Houston Chronicle: "It was a family argument that turned into a shooting. But we're still trying to put the pieces together."
Fort Bend County Police later confirmed on their Facebook page that the second victim had died and that no officers were injured in the shooting. They said: "The armed shooter was also in the street and, after refusing to drop her weapon, was shot and killed by a Fulshear officer. One of the victims was pronounced deceased on scene and the other was transported by Life Flight in critical condition. No officers were injured.
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Nehls added that he did not know if the shooting took place inside the family home or on the street outside, where the bodies were found. He added that he did not know what started the argument.