Texas dad Ron Lee Haskell shot and killed six people, including four of his own children. One teen daughter, who was shot in the head, remains in critical condition. Haskell was engaged in a lengthy standoff with Houston area police officers before ultimately surrendering.
The wounded 15-year-old daughter was able to tell a police dispatcher that her father was the shooter and alerted them to the street where other relatives lived. The critically injured young women told the Houston suburb law enforcement officers that her dad was going to shoot her grandparents during the 911 call.
The Texas dad shot and killed six people in the northern Houston suburb of Spring shortly before 6 pm on Wednesday, according to the police report. Deputies cornered the 34-year-old Texas father in a cul-de-sac about three miles from the site of the shooting. After approximately three hours, Haskell exited his vehicle, dropped to his knees, and was handcuffed without further incident. During the hours spent talking Haskell out of his car, officers stated that the mass shooting suspect was as “cool as a cucumber.”
“He was just sitting in his car looking out at us. This concluded the way we wanted it to,” Deputy Gilliland said. The law enforcement officers had Haskell’s car boxed in with two police vehicles during the standoff.
Harris County Deputy Thomas Gilliland stated that the other victims of the mass shooting were the Texas father’s sons, ages 4 and 14, and two daughters, ages 7 and 9. Also killed were a 39-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman. The names of the victims have not been released.
Ron Haskell and his wife were estranged, and she was reportedly out of state at the time of the shooting. Deputy Gilliland also noted that two of the children were adopted. The relationship the two adults had with the Texas dad and the children is not currently known, though they may have been relatives babysitting the minors.
“It appears this stems from a domestic issue with a breakup in the family from what our witness has told us,” Assistant Chief Deputy Constable Mark Herman said. Spring, Texas, police officers found two adults and three children dead at the scene, another child died later at a local hospital.
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