Seven people were killed and two injured after a gunman opened fire inside a suburban Dallas home during a football watch party on Sunday night. The first police officer to arrive at the crime scene confronted the shooter inside the home and fatally shot him.
Police were called at around 8:00 pm on Sunday to the home of Meredith Lane after neighbors reported a flurry of gunfire, which the first cops to arrive also heard, WFAA-TV reported.
“The first arriving officer on scene made entry inside the house, confronted the suspect, ultimately shooting and killing him,” said Officer David Tilley with the Plano Police Department.
Inside, police found nine gunshot victims, seven of whom were pronounced dead at the scene and two who were rushed to a nearby hospital. Both were listed in critical condition. The identities of the victims have not yet been confirmed.
Debbie Lane, the mother of the homeowner, confirmed that her daughter was among those killed in the shooting. She also claimed that the gunman was Meredith Lane’s recently divorced ex-husband and that her daughter had put together the party to watch the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys games.
“She was a cook, and a quite fine one, and she loved hosting friends and families,” Lane said. “This was her first opportunity to do it after the divorce and he didn’t take it well… I really wish we knew who the other victims were. They were all close dear friends. We don’t know.”
Plano police said they would update the public about the investigation in progress later in the afternoon, including an update on the two people in critical condition.
Neighbors claimed that they heard somewhere between 30 and 40 gunshots just after 8:00 pm, with one eyewitness stating that she heard a man and a woman loudly arguing moments before the shooting.