Christy Sheats reportedly ignored the pleas of her husband before shooting and killing the couple’s two daughters, with new details of the horrific incident coming to light.
Forty-two-year-old Christy Sheats reportedly shot to death her two daughters — 17-year-old Madison Sheats and 22-year-old Taylor Sheats — on Saturday just outside their home in Texas. The murder unfolded before the woman’s terrified husband, Jason Sheats, who reportedly pleaded with Christy not to kill the girls before rushing to the home of a neighbor to seek help.
“[The officer] heard the dad say, ‘Don’t do this. They’re our kids,’ ” Fazz Zainuddin, the Sheats’ neighbor, told Click2Houston. “This is sad knowing a good family and this is what happened.”
While details of the murders are still coming to light, police said that Christy Sheats chased her daughters into the street and shot them both, killing Taylor and mortally wounding Madison, who later died at a hospital. The mother had been in some kind of argument with the two girls, though the exact nature of the fight was not reported.
When police responded, Christy Sheats was still standing over Madison while holding a gun, prompting police to open fire. Christy was reportedly killed with a single shot before she was able to fire her own gun again.
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Neighbors said the three killings left Jason Sheats devastated.
“He was going through a very difficult time,” said Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls.
To make the killings even worse, the incident reportedly took place on Jason Sheats’ 45th birthday.
The murders of Taylor Sheats and Madison Sheats drew attention nationwide and renewed the ongoing debate over gun control. Christy Sheats reportedly posted often online about her affinity for guns, sharing pictures of the pistols that she owned.
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Jezebel noted that Christy Sheats was also active on Facebook in advocating for the right to own guns and against gun control, once writing, “It would be horribly tragic if my ability to protect myself or my family were to be taken away, but that’s exactly what Democrats are determined to do by banning semi-automatic handguns.”
Neighbors were also left shocked by the killings. Austin Enke, who lived near the Sheats family and attended school with one of the victims, told KHOU that there had never been violence in the neighborhood before.
“It’s crazy. The neighborhood has never seen this kind of thing before. It’s always quiet. This is surprising. They never showed any kind of thing that was wrong with them whatsoever,” he said.
Others said that Christy Sheats had shown no signs of violence leading up to the shocking killings.
“The mother was nice. You wouldn’t expect it if they told you this is what was going to happen,” said another neighbor. “I don’t think anybody, at least a sane person, would do that.”
There were also signs that the Sheats family was a normal and loving family, Click2Houston reported.
“According to Facebook, Taylor Sheats attended Lone Star College and loved to draw.”
“Madison Sheats was a student at Seven Lakes High School. She once wrote on her Facebook wall, ‘Moms and dads are a promise from God that you will have a friend forever.'”
But new evidence now shows that Christy Sheats had shown signs of mental illness in the time leading up to killing her daughters. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office told People magazine that officers had been to the family’s home for “previous altercations” that had to do with “mental crisis” for Christy Sheats.
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