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Texas man murders 5, including a child, because he was asked to stop shooting at 11:30pm

By Jimmy Adeel
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May 1, 2023

In a horrific incident in Texas, a man is on the run after allegedly killing five of his neighbors, including an eight-year-old boy.

The neighbors had requested him to stop practice firing his gun in his yard because they were trying to get a baby to sleep. The attack took place near the town of Cleveland, north of Houston.

The Deadly Shooting

Francisco Oropeza, a 38-year-old Mexican man, is accused of opening fire on his neighbors at around 11:30 p.m. last night.

The neighbors, a family of ten living together, had asked Oropeza to stop firing his weapon due to the disturbance it was causing to the sleeping.

Oropeza, who was known to fire his gun in his yard frequently, reportedly replied, "I'll do what I want in my front yard," before shooting five family members with an AR-15 and fleeing the scene.

Gruesome Crime Scene

Upon arriving at the scene, police found two adult women dead at the front of the house and a man dead in the living room.

San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers said the two women were covered in blood and lying on top of two young children who survived.

"There were two females in the bedroom that were laying on top of juvenile children and, in my opinion, to keep the children safe," Capers said.

"All of them were shot in the head in an execution-style," he said. The location of the 8-year-old child within the home during the incident remains unclear.

The Victims

All of the victims were from Honduras, according to the police. FBI spokesperson Christina Garza stated that investigators do not believe all the individuals at the home were part of one family.

The victims have been identified as Julisa Molina Rivera (31), Sonia Argentina Guzman (25), Diana Velazquez Alvarado (21), Jose Jonathan Casarez (18), and Daniel Enrique Laso (8).

Manhunt for the Shooter

The suspect, Oropeza, was said to have been drunk at the time of the shooting and is described as a man around 5 feet 8 inches tall.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest, with a $5 million bond attached. "We are getting closer to him every minute of every hour, but we know who he is," Sheriff Capers said.

As the manhunt for Oropeza continues, law enforcement officials are working tirelessly to apprehend him and bring him to justice.

The community is urged to remain vigilant and to report any information that may lead to Oropeza's capture.

Texas and Gun Violence

This incident adds to the growing list of mass shootings in Texas in recent years, including the attack at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, the hate-fueled assault at an El Paso Walmart, and a gunman opening fire at a church in Sutherland Springs.

Since January 1, at least 18 shootings in the U.S. have left four or more people dead.