Friends and family are still trying to make sense of a horrific double homicide in suburban Houston, Texas, where a women fatally wounded her two teenage daughters before being gunned down by local police. The incident occurred during a birthday celebration for her husband, with whom she had recently reconciled. Authorities say it was a family dispute which then spiraled out of control into bloodshed and chaos.
Police were called to the home last of Jason and Christy Sheats last Friday afternoon. Local law enforcement claim they had visited the Sheats house for domestic disturbances multiple times in the past but did not release details. Friends and neighbors say Christy Sheats, 42, had been suffering from mental health issues and had recently moved back home after being separated from her husband for some time. An argument during a birthday celebration for her husband turned violent, when Christy shot her two daughters; Taylor, 22, and Madison, 17. The girls and their father fled the house after the shooting began but both girls succumbed to their wounds and died. Police officers fatally shot Christy when she refused to drop her firearm outside of the house. A shaken Jason Sheats was led away from the scene.
While the exact motive and what lead up to the murders is unknown, Sheats was a gun rights advocate. She had recently posted on social media “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.” The post has since been deleted.
The photo above, from Facebook, pictures Christy with daughter Taylor.