The FBI is searching for Francisco Oropeza, 38, who is accused of killing five of his neighbors in Texas after an argument over his practice-shooting nearby.
The victims were all from Honduras, and included an eight-year-old child.
Where is Francisco Oropeza?
Oropeza allegedly opened fire on his neighbors after they asked him to stop shooting because they were trying to put a baby to sleep. Police say the suspect replied: “I’ll shoot out in my front yard, do what I want to in my own residence.”
After both parties returned to their houses, the gunman “topped off his magazine, and walked down his driveway… into the people’s house and started shooting.”
The FBI Houston Special Agent in Charge James Smith has stated that Oropeza is “armed and dangerous.” Local authorities are tracking him with dogs, men on horseback, and drones in the air. Sheriff Greg Capers has warned that the suspect could be anywhere now.
The victims have now been identified as Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25; Diana Velazquez Alvarado, 21; Julisa Molina Rivera, 31; Jose Jonathan Casarez, 18; and Daniel Enrique Laso, 8. Honduras’ foreign minister, Enrique Reina, tweeted: “We demand that the full weight of the law be applied against those who are responsible for this crime.”
The incident came just days after nine people were injured at a shooting during a teenagers’ party in western Texas, and two weeks after four young people were shot dead during a 16th birthday party in Alabama.
Firearm incidents are the top cause of death for US children and teenagers, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.