HPD: Woman shoots 4 people in 2 cities before killing herself

A woman went on a shooting spree that stretched from South Houston to Fresno Friday, according to Houston police. When it was over, four people were dead, a fifth critically injured. Houston police found the suspected shooter and two victims shot in a hou

FRESNO, TEXAS - A woman apparently depressed over losing her job went on a shooting spree Friday, according to Houston police. When it was over, four people were dead and one critically injured. 

Police say the suspect called a relative early Friday and said she had "hurt someone." 

Houston police found the suspected shooter and two victims shot in a house on Mt. Pleasant near Scott Street around 7:45 a.m. 

The suspect and a man believed to be her stepfather were dead. The suspect's mother was rushed to Ben Taub Hospital in critical condition. 

A second man was found shot to death in a nearby house. It's not known if he was also related to the suspect. HPD Sgt. Bill Elsbury said the suspect's children were inside that home but they weren't harmed. 

Later, Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls said they got a call asking them to check a home in the 4800 block of Richmond Knolls in Fresno. The caller said several family members had been shot in Houston and they were worried about the woman in that house. 


Deputies found 48-year-old Carolyn Jean Holmes shot to death. Relatives at the scene say she was the sister of the suspected shooter in Houston.  

The suspect was a security guard who had recently lost her job, according to her former boyfriend. 

"Some people break, they can't handle the problems they are going through in life," John Stewart said. "That's the only thing I can think of is she just broke."
 
"I just don't see this being her, something had to happen," said Delia Ledat, a family friend. "I don't know if it was depression, I don't know what it was. And I wish I had the chance to ask her before she left this earth. I'm sorry."
 
Ironically, the suspect dreamed of being a homicide detective, friends say. 
 
The names of the other victims and suspected killer have not been released.

© 2017 KHOU-TV


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