Everything We Know So Far About Texas Man Who Killed Ex-Wife, 7 Others At Football Watch Party

He was allegedly abusive in his marriage.

By Gina Tron

A man in Plano, Texas shot and killed eight people, including his ex-wife, at a football viewing party at her home on Sunday night.

Spencer James Hight, 32, has been identified as the gunman. His 27-year-old ex-wife, Meredith Emily Hight, died in the shooting.

According to CBS News, the other victims have been identified as 33-year-old Anthony Michael Cross; 24-year-old Olivia Nicole Deffner; 29-year-old James Richard Dunlop; 22-year-old Darryl William Hawkins; 31-year-old Rion Christopher Morgan; 28-year-old Myah Sade Bass; and 25-year-old Caleb Seth Edwards. One person was shot and injured but survived and is recovering: Carly Shockey. The shooter also perished in the incident after being shot and killed by a police officer who responded to the scene.

Here’s everything we know about the shooting so far:

1. The home belonged to the shooter’s ex-wife.

The shooting took place at Meredith Hight’s house in a quiet neighborhood. Her mother said that Meredith owned the home. According to PEOPLE, she and Spencer had bought the home together two years ago.

After-storm weather is the best. But really I'm just out here for a smoke and a selfie 😎 #shameless #saturdaze

A post shared by Meredith Emily Hight (@hightmeredith) on

2. The party was full of laughter before Spencer arrived.

A day before her death, Meredith told her mother she was preparing to host a football viewing party. Neighbors said that the party started in the afternoon, with grilling in the backyard. Neighbors heard laughter and chatter, before gunfire erupted.

3. Shots rang out at 8 pm.

At this time, neighbors recalled the sounds of gunshots and the smell of gunpowder.

Neighbor Stacey Glover told Dallas News that after police arrived on scene, Glover heard officers yelling, "Hands up," before the spraying of more gunfire was heard.

The shooting victims were found in the backyard of the home, as well as inside the home, according to CNN.

4. The shooting happened on the eve of a significant date.

The shooting occurred on Sunday night, and Spencer and Meredith would have celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary on Monday if they were still together, CBSDFW reported.

Pretty much what I live for 💙💚💛💜

A post shared by Meredith Emily Hight (@hightmeredith) on

5. Spencer was allegedly abusive in his marriage.

Meredith's mother, Debbie Lane, told CBSDFW that her daughter filed for divorce because Spencer was a physically abusive alcoholic.

"After two years of trying to get him in treatment, trying to get him to stop, trying to help him… she said, enough is enough. She made every effort she could… and could leave that relationship with no regrets," she said.

In the divorce papers, Meredith cited "discord or conflict of personalities.” ‪

6. The party represented Meredith moving on.

“Getting things ready for her to celebrate her newly reclaimed single life, and that’s what that party was about,” Lane told NBC 5 Dallas Fort Worth.

The mother also told WFAA that her daughter was moving on. “It was her reclaiming her life, and she was thrilled to be doing that. It was the happiest she’d been in years. Years,” she explained.

7. Spencer apparently resented that.

Spencer moved out of the home he and his ex-wife once shared months ago -- but he only finished collecting his belongings days before the shooting, WFAA reports.

“I think he saw our comfort, ease, and happiness… and her embracing new life, and resented it to the maximum and responded the way he did,” Lane said. “He was not moving on.”

New Orleans! Miss it already!!! #dontstayhome #visittheworld

A post shared by Meredith Emily Hight (@hightmeredith) on

8. The victims were very loved.

Caleb Edwards was Meredith’s roommate. According to PEOPLE, Rion Morgan was in Meredith’s wedding party. James Dunlop, was a longtime friend of Meredith’s. Darryl Hawkins also died in the shooting. His friend Zully Romo said of him, "He had such a positive vibe.”

A friend of victim Tony Cross said, "Last time I saw him, we were dancing on my birthday. ...He was just full of love. He had nothing by love in his heart. He was an amazing person, inside and out.”

9. The sole survivor remains in serious condition.

Carly Shockey is recovering in the hosptial after being shot in the jaw. Her family released a statement, saying, “We would like to thank everyone for their concern and prayers for our loved one, Carly. Our hearts are heavy for the families affected by this senseless tragedy. Carly is in stable, but serious condition. This is the beginning of a very long recovery journey for both Carly and our family. We ask that you please respect our privacy as we focus all of our family's energy on helping Carly recover."

10. The shooting has devastated the town.

The shooting was apparently the worst the city has ever seen. "We've never had a shooting of this magnitude. We've never seen this many victims before. It's just a terrible event," Plano Police Chief Greg Rushin said.

[Photo: Instagram]

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