Four people have been killed in a small Texas town after an apparent murder/suicide. The bodies were discovered in the town of Bastrop, just over 30 miles east of Austin, on the evening of July 23. The shooter is among the dead, reports KVUE. The station adds that a child was taken from the scene to a nearby hospital and that the bodies were discovered on the 200 block of Childers Drive.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Child Has Minor Injuries
At a press conference after the shooting, KEYE-TV reported that four people were dead, one adult male, two adult females and a child. Another child who was present at the home has been taken to Dell Children’s Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
The Bastrop Police Department said that they will not release the names of the victims until next of kin has been notified. KVUE reports that there had been rumors that five people had been killed.
2. No Motive for the Public Has Been Made Public
Authorities have not gone public with a possible motive for the shooting. KVUE reports that the investigation into the shooting is being handled by the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers. In a 2011 report, the Violence Policy Center said “Domestic violence is associated with a very significant number of murder-suicides.” While another report, from a national psychiatry group “found that a history of physical abuse and frequent separations was a risk factor for murder-suicide.”
3. This Is the First Murder in Bastrop Since 2007
Bastrop is a town of 7,500 people. According to City Data, there have been three murders in the town since 2002, the last in 2007. It’s classified as having a “low” crime rate.
4. The Victims Lived at the Arbors of Bastrop Apartment Building
The attack happened at 202 Childers Drive at the Arbors of Bastrop apartment building. A neighbor told KEYE-TV that her daughter screamed when she saw bullets coming through the walls of their home. It was those neighbors who called the police.
5. The Shooter Committed Suicide
Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dawn Adams said early on that there was no further threat to the community after the shooting. Fox Austin reports that the gunman shot himself dead.