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San Jacinto County, Texas News

Suspect Being Hunted By Authorities After Killing Five in San Jacinto County

Suspect Francisco Oropeza

The San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office is still actively searching for Francisco Oropeza (38), the alleged murderer of 5 people late Friday night.

They are being assisted by the FBI Houston Office and their SWAT team, the United States Marshals and Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, Harris County Sheriff’s Office VIPER Task Force, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office SRT and CID, Texas DPS and Texas Rangers, and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The public is being warned that the suspect is "armed and dangerous".

Several dozen law enforcement officials are currently investigating leads and intel as it becomes available, as well as continuing to examine the area.

The shooting incident began at 100 block of Walters Road in the Trails End area of Cleveland, Texas.

Night shift patrol deputies were dispatched to a residence in reference to a harassment complaint. While enroute, the communications center received multiple 911 calls of an active shooter incident at the dispatched location. Multiple deputies arrived at the residence and located multiple victims deceased in a residence and several others in critical condition from multiple gunshot wounds.

Allegiance Mobile Health arrived and requested an air medical helicopter to fly a pediatric patient to a local trauma center.

Montgomery County SWAT arrived to assist and cleared several properties adjacent to the crime scene and determined that the shooter had fled the scene.

One of the victims was an 8 year old child.  

The gunman was armed with an AR-15 style weapon and murdered the five victims in an "execution-style" shooting.  Authorities believe he was intoxicted.

"Just yesterday, we stood on the steps of the Capitol with survivors from Uvalde demanding that lawmakers act. This morning, we've learned of another senseless shooting that ended the life of a child and his family members," said Nicole Golden, Texas Gun Sense Executive Director. "People often ask 'what is it going to take to do something?' To that, we say, the unspeakable has already happened, and continues to happen, to our communities. We know that strong gun laws work, we know most Texans support them, and we know there is no excuse for inaction to save lives."

If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Sheriff's Office at 936-653-4367.

UPDATE:  Authorities have identified the victims as Sonia Argentina Guzman, 25, Diana Velázquez Alvarado, 21 Julisa Molina Rivera, 31, and José Jonathan Cásarez, 18, and Daniel Enrique Laso-Guzman, 9.  All victims were Honduran nationals.  The suspect, Oropeza, is a Mexican national.


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