A horrific case of domestic violence in the Houston suburb of Spring. A teen is shot in the head, she survives but the remaining six members of her family are killed. The suspect is an estranged family member, who authorities say was on a mission to kill even more.
The survivor is a 15-year-old girl. Authorities say the gunman was her uncle. His wife filed for divorce last year and the teen said he was trying to find her.
On Thursday morning, an officer carried a bouquet of flowers to the doorstep of the stay family in Spring, north of Houston. The evening prior, officers say 33-year-old Ronald Lee Haskell went to the door dressed as a Fedex delivery man and forced his way inside.
Five children ages 4 to 15 were home alone.
Officers say Haskell stayed with the children until the parents arrived. Mom, Katie, is the sister of Haskell's ex-wife.
Officers say Haskell tied everyone up and shot them in the back of the head when they refused to tell him where his ex-wife was.
The 15-year-old suffered a fractured skull when a bullet grazed her head. She played dead until Haskell left, then called 9-1-1 with details as the rest of her family lay dead.
"The suspect was going to another location in Ponderosa to kill more family members. We quickly put out a broadcast, dispatched units to the street, we had an actual street name. We stationed deputies on that street. Five minutes after we did that he comes driving up," an officer said.
Authorities say Haskell led officers on a low speed chase. He was cornered in a cul-de-sac near where the other family members lived. After a three-hour standoff he surrendered.
Neighbors are in disbelief.
"It's just a bad deal. You wouldn't think something could happen in a neighborhood like this," one neighbor said.
Another neighbor added, "My heart just goes out to everyone that was here and the one that is trying to survive and I wanted to pray for her."
Those who knew the 15-year-old, who likely saved more lives, are praising her.
"She did something great. She let the cops know what was going on so I'm very proud of her and you know all we can do right now is pray for her."